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An exploration of the relationship between poor parent-child attachment and callous-unemotional traits in a sample of high-risk young offenders

Smith, L; (2011) An exploration of the relationship between poor parent-child attachment and callous-unemotional traits in a sample of high-risk young offenders. Doctoral thesis, UCL (University College London). Green open access

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Abstract

Part one is a systematic literature review examining the relationship between poor attachment and psychopathic traits. The review is split into to two distinct areas: literature examining the parent-child relationship and psychopathy is discussed first, followed by research from the psychoanalytic field utilising object relations and Rorschach methods. Part two is an empirical paper exploring the relationships between poor parent-child attachment and callous-unemotional traits in a sample of high risk young offenders. This research was completed as part of a joint project (statement of joint research in appendix 1) with Ruth Dawson, which examined a range of risk factors associated with callous-unemotional traits in young offenders. Part three is a critical appraisal of the research process. It contains a brief outline of my interest in the research area and a discussion about the selection of measures of attachment, callous-unemotional traits and delinquency, paying particular the attention to issues around the use of self-report methods. It also includes a reflection on some of the issues associated with working in Secure Training Centres (STC’s) and some personal reflections on working with young offenders.

Type:Thesis (Doctoral)
Title:An exploration of the relationship between poor parent-child attachment and callous-unemotional traits in a sample of high-risk young offenders
Open access status:An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Language:English
Additional information:Thesis in two volumes: volume 2 is restricted

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