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Mentalization moderates and mediates the link between psychopathy and aggressive behavior in male adolescents

Taubner, S; White, LO; Zimmermann, J; Fonagy, P; Nolte, T; (2012) Mentalization moderates and mediates the link between psychopathy and aggressive behavior in male adolescents. Journal Of The American Psychoanalytic Association , 60 (3) 605 - 612. 10.1177/0003065112450148. Green open access

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Abstract

Objective: To examine the role of mentalizing in the relationship between psychopathy and aggression in a sample of 75 male adolescents. Method: The participants were drawn from two other studies comparing mentalizing abilities of offenders with healthy community samples. Data was collected on mentalization capacities using the Adult-Attachment-Interview. Psychopathic traits and aggressive behavior were measured via self-report. Results: A mediator-analysis revealed that mentalization partially explains the relationship between psychopathic traits and proactive aggressive behavior. Furthermore, mentalization has a moderating effect indicating that only individuals low on mentalization behave aggressively when high on psychopathic traits. Conclusions: Psychopathic traits alone do not explain aggressive behavior and therefore further research is needed to understand other mediating factors.

Type: Article
Title: Mentalization moderates and mediates the link between psychopathy and aggressive behavior in male adolescents
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1177/0003065112450148
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0003065112450148
Language: English
Additional information: This is the authors' submitted version of this published article.
Keywords: Mentalization, aggression, adolescence, psychopathy, reflective functioning
UCL classification: UCL
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UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences > Clinical, Edu and Hlth Psychology
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1376554
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