Early Childhood Traumatization and Psychopathy among Convicted Female Criminals

Author: Aneeza Sarwar 

Supervisor:  Ms. Shahnila Tariq

Degree: BS

Year: 2012

University: Institute of Applied Psychology, Punjab University, Lahore, Pakistan

Abstract

The present research aimed to investigate the relationship between early childhood traumatization and psychopathy among convicted female criminals. It was hypothesized that there is likely to be a significant relationship between early childhood traumatization and psychopathy among convicted female criminals. The sample composition depended on the availability of convicted female criminals from Kot Lakhpat Jail Lahore. Childhood Trauma Questionnaire (Bernstein & Fink, 1997) and self- developed Psychopathy Questionnaire, based on the characteristics of Hare’s Psychopathy Checklist- Revised were used to collect data. Data was analyzed and measured quantitatively by using Pearson Product Moment Correlation. The results showed that there is a significant relationship between early childhood traumatization and psychopathy among convicted female criminals. Early childhood traumatization was also found as significant predictor of psychopathy among convicted female criminals. The present study can provide ways of identifying and then dealing and remediating the forms of childhood abuse in order to prevent adult psychopathy.

Keywords: early childhood traumatization, psychopathy, female criminals.

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Corresponding Address: Department of Applied Psychology, University of the Punjab, Lahore, Pakistan. Email: chairperson@appsy.pu.edu.pk, Phone: 92-42-9231245

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