Anger following provocation in individuals with psychopathic characteristics

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Brian Lee Steuerwald (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Jacquelyn W. White

Abstract: Theoretical views of psychopaths' anger generally fall into one of two categories: the deficient/attenuated-anger hypothesis or the adequate/heightened-anger hypothesis. This study tested divergent predictions of these two hypotheses in a group of individuals with psychopathic characteristics. Participants were 62 male undergraduates who were assigned to one of three groups (i.e., control, low-socialization, psychopathy-analogue) on the basis of Gough's (1957) Socialization scale scores and Hares's (1991) Psychopathy Checklist-Revised Factor l ratings. To induce anger, participants worked on a computer task and then received unjust criticism about their performance. Primary issues examined were the capacity/magnitude of anger experiences, the temporal course of arousal associated with anger, and the effects of anger on cognitive processing. Findings were generally not inconsistent with the adequate/heightened-anger hypothesis of psychopathy.

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Language: English
Date: 1996

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