Childhood risk, offending trajectories, and psychopathy at age 48 years in the Cambridge study in delinquent development

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Title Childhood risk, offending trajectories, and psychopathy at age 48 years in the Cambridge study in delinquent development
Author Piquero, Alex; Farrington, David P.; Fontaine, Nathalie M. G.; Vincent, Gina; Coid, Jeremy; Ullrich, Simone
Journal Name Psychology, Public Policy, and Law
Year Published 2012
Place of publication United States
Publisher American Psychological Association
Abstract Psychopathy has been a sustained interest among psychologists and, to a lesser extent, among criminologists. Studies on psychopathy have tended to focus on its measurement and predictive ability, primarily in adolescence and primarily among more serious offenders. This article moves beyond prior research on psychopathy and is the first to link childhood risk factors and offending trajectories measured through age 40 to psychopathy at age 48 in a community sample of several hundred South London males in the Cambridge Study in Delinquent Development. Results show that although childhood environmental and, to a lesser extent, childhood individual risk factors are associated with a range of psychopathy measures, controlling for offending trajectories renders most of those childhood risks insignificant. Evidence also shows that while extreme scores of psychopathy are rare among this community sample, chronic offending is strongly linked to psychopathy. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2012 APA, all rights reserved)
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Alternative URI http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/a0027061
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Issue Number n/a
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Page to 23
ISSN 1076-8971
Date Accessioned 2012-06-29
Date Available 2013-06-04T00:15:28Z
Language en_US
Faculty Arts, Education and Law
Subject Causes and Prevention of Crime
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/48186
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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