Does Affective Theory of Mind Contribute to Proactive Aggression in Boys with Conduct Problems and Psychopathic Tendencies?

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serval:BIB_6E3738B4C324
Type
Article: article from journal or magazin.
Publication sub-type
Minutes: analyse of a published work.
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Title
Does Affective Theory of Mind Contribute to Proactive Aggression in Boys with Conduct Problems and Psychopathic Tendencies?
Journal
Child Psychiatry & Human Development
Author(s)
Gillespie Steven M., Kongerslev Mickey T., Sharp Carla, Bo Sune, Abu-Akel Ahmad M.
ISSN
0009-398X
1573-3327
Publication state
Published
Issued date
27/04/2018
Peer-reviewed
Oui
Abstract
Adolescent psychopathic tendencies are associated with phenotypic increases in proactive aggression. However, the extent to which an understanding of others’ affective mental states, or affective theory of mind (ToM), contributes to proactive aggression remains unknown. We examined how performance on a well-known test of affective ToM, based on cropped images of the eye region, contributes to reactive and proactive types of aggression in a mixed ethnicity sample of 80 incarcerated adolescent boys. A hierarchical regression model showed that affective ToM predicted proactive aggression over and above the influence of clinically rated psychopathic tendencies. Importantly, affective ToM was unrelated to reactive aggression. Our results suggest that being able to recognize others’ affective mental states may be an important factor in aggressing against others for personal gain. These findings have implications for interventions designed to enhance ToM in youth with conduct problems.
Keywords
Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health, Developmental and Educational Psychology, Psychiatry and Mental health
Open Access
Yes
Create date
27/04/2018 10:45
Last modification date
21/08/2019 5:11
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