Memories of parenting practices are associated with psychopathy in juvenile male offenders

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Despite the large body of research documenting parenting practices as risk factors for the development of child and adolescent disruptive behaviour, the association with psychopathy is notably less known. The goal was to examine, in 75 institutionalized juvenile male offenders, the association between self-reported memories of parenting practices during childhood (Alabama Parenting Questionnaire) and psychopathy (Psychopathy Checklist: Youth Version). Results showed that ineffective parenting practices as inconsistent discipline and poor monitoring/supervision were significantly associated with increased levels of psychopathic traits. Interestingly, only two of the four facets of the construct, lifestyle and antisocial, were associated with these parenting behaviours. Findings highlight the importance of considering parenting practices in the study of the early development of psychopathy and suggest that the facets could be rooted in distinct underlying etiologic-dispositional factors with differentiated developmental pathways and different psychosocial correlates. The study lends support to the multidimensional approach of psychopathy as a syndrome. © 2014 © 2014 Taylor & Francis.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)495-500
JournalJournal of Forensic Psychiatry and Psychology
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2014


  • Alabama Parenting Questionnaire
  • Psychopathy Checklist: Youth Version
  • inconsistent discipline
  • juvenile offenders
  • monitoring


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