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The relationship between adult attachment and psychopathy in a group of incarcerated male offenders

Author: Marci Lee MacKenzie
Publisher: Ann Arbor, MI : ProQuest Information and Learning, [2003] ©2003
Dissertation: Ph. D. New York University 2003
Edition/Format:   Thesis/dissertation : Thesis/dissertation : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Attachment theory has been applied to children and adolescent offender samples but until recently, few studies have utilized adult attachment measures in adult offender populations. In a sample of 95 incarcerated adult male offenders, this study attempted to differentiate primary and secondary psychopathic groups based on their attachment patterns and dimensions. Avoidant patterns of attachment were overrepresented  Read more...
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Material Type: Thesis/dissertation
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Marci Lee MacKenzie
OCLC Number: 954333747
Notes: Reduced facsimile.
Description: 231 pages ; 22 cm
Responsibility: Marci L. MacKenzie.

Abstract:

"Attachment theory has been applied to children and adolescent offender samples but until recently, few studies have utilized adult attachment measures in adult offender populations. In a sample of 95 incarcerated adult male offenders, this study attempted to differentiate primary and secondary psychopathic groups based on their attachment patterns and dimensions. Avoidant patterns of attachment were overrepresented in the sample. However, contrary to the hypothesis, there was no correlation between those with primary psychopathic features and avoidant-dismissing attachment. As expected, those with secondary psychopathic features significantly endorsed the avoidant-fearful pattern of attachment. These findings, along with the dimensional concept of anxiety, are discussed in order to improve theoretical and methodological approaches toward understanding interpersonal relationships among a variety of adult male offenders."--[Abstract].
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