The relationship between psychopathic traits and attachment behavior in a non-clinical population

Publication year: 2011
Source: Personality and Individual Differences, In Press, Corrected Proof, Available online 14 June 2011

Tawny D., Mack , Amy A., Hackney , Michael, Pyle

Attachment processes have been proposed to play a key role in the development of the core features of psychopathy (Fowles & Dindo, 2006). The findings reported in the literature regarding the associations between attachment and psychopathic traits are far from conclusive, especially in non-clinical populations. The present study investigated the relationship between self-reported attachment behavior and psychopathic traits in a college sample. Two-hundred nine participants completed the Experiences in Close Relationships-Revised scale and the Levenson Self-Report Psychopathy scale. Controlling for gender and race, hierarchical multiple regression analyses indicated that individuals high in both attachment avoidance and attachment anxiety had higher…