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Facets of Psychopathy in Relation to Trauma-Exposure and Posttraumatic Stress Symptomology in a Sample of Incarcerated Male Offenders

Woodfield, Russell, Dhingra, Katie, Boduszek, Daniel and Debowska, Agata (2016) Facets of Psychopathy in Relation to Trauma-Exposure and Posttraumatic Stress Symptomology in a Sample of Incarcerated Male Offenders. International Journal of Prisoner Health. ISSN 1744-9200 (In Press)

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Abstract

Purpose: The aim was to investigate the moderating role of psychopathy facets on the relationship between traumatic exposure and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD)symptomology.

Design/methodology/approach: Participants were male prisoners incarcerated in the U.K.

Findings: The analysis revealed differential associations between the two facets of psychopathy, with potentially traumatic events and symptoms of PTSD. Specifically, neither primary psychopathy nor trauma exposure were significantly related to PTSD, while secondary psychopathy was positively and significantly related with PTSD symptoms. Furthermore, the effect of trauma exposure on PTSD was found to depend on the level of secondary psychopathy. More specifically, trauma exposure was strongly and positively associated with PTSD symptoms for low levels of secondary psychopathy and negatively associated with PTSD symptomology for individuals with high levels of secondary psychopathy.

Originality/value: The findings clarify linkages among psychopathy facets, trauma, and PTSD, and extend our understanding of the presentation of PTSD in male prisoners.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Schools: School of Human and Health Sciences > Applied Criminology Centre
School of Human and Health Sciences
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Depositing User: Daniel Boduszek
Date Deposited: 25 Jul 2016 12:44
Last Modified: 25 Jul 2016 12:47
URI: http://eprints.hud.ac.uk/id/eprint/29025

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