Author: Ayesha Rasheed
Supervisor: Ms. Maha Khalid
University: Institute of Applied Psychology, Punjab University, Lahore, Pakistan
The present research aimed to find out the relationship of childhood trauma and psychopathic traits in polysubstance abusers. It was hypothesized that there is likely to be relationship between childhood trauma and psychopathic traits in polysubstance abusers than the general population. It was also hypothesized that there was difference between childhood trauma and psychopathic traits in general population and polysubstance abusers. It was further hypothesized that childhood trauma predicts psychopathic traits. Correlation research design was used. The sample size was 80 males which included 40 polysubstance abusers and 40 males from general population. For this, purposive sampling technique was used. To assess childhood trauma, the Childhood Trauma Questionnaire (CTQ) by Bernstein and Fink (1998) was used. For the assessment of psychopathic traits Levenson Self Report Psychopathy by Levenson, Kiehl and Fitzpatrick, (1995) was utilized. Pearson Product- Moment Correlation was used to analyze the relationship between childhood trauma and psychopathic traits. Independent sample t-test was used to investigate the difference and linear regression for assessing the prediction. The findings of this research revealed that there is a significant positive association between childhood trauma and psychopathic traits. The results also revealed that there is a significant difference in general population and polysubstance abusers related to childhood trauma and psychopathic traits.
Keywords: Childhood Trauma, Psychopathic Traits, Polysubstance Abusers.
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