Presentation Title

The Effects of Psychopathic Traits on Psychological Adaptation in Young Adults

Presentation Type

Poster

School

School of Sciences and Social Sciences

Discipline

Psychology

Mentor

Anthony Scioli

Abstract

Psychopathic traits can be associated with myriad undesirable outcomes, including low intelligence, increased aggression, high risk of impulsivity, lack of empathy, and criminality. These traits are problematic to the individual and also to society. In addition, there may be some adaptive effects associated with certain levels or forms of psychopathy. Studies into psychopathy have not explored these areas fully and provide little literature analysis. The focus of this research is to provide data and analysis on the topic. Traits such as boldness, social potency, and stress immunity are among those positive traits that have been associated with psychopathy. These traits have also been associated with lower levels of depression and anxiety, along with increased assertiveness and overall well-being. Undergraduate participants will be assessed for psychopathic traits using the Triarchic Psychopathic Measure. Scores will be compared to measures of hope, academic achievement, stress, hostility, and social network size.

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The Effects of Psychopathic Traits on Psychological Adaptation in Young Adults

Psychopathic traits can be associated with myriad undesirable outcomes, including low intelligence, increased aggression, high risk of impulsivity, lack of empathy, and criminality. These traits are problematic to the individual and also to society. In addition, there may be some adaptive effects associated with certain levels or forms of psychopathy. Studies into psychopathy have not explored these areas fully and provide little literature analysis. The focus of this research is to provide data and analysis on the topic. Traits such as boldness, social potency, and stress immunity are among those positive traits that have been associated with psychopathy. These traits have also been associated with lower levels of depression and anxiety, along with increased assertiveness and overall well-being. Undergraduate participants will be assessed for psychopathic traits using the Triarchic Psychopathic Measure. Scores will be compared to measures of hope, academic achievement, stress, hostility, and social network size.