Author: Noreen Ilyas
Supervisor: Nida Zafar & Rukhsana Kausar, PhD
University: Institute of Applied Psychology, Punjab University, Lahore, Pakistan
The present research investigated moderating role of peer pressure between psychopathic traits, and reckless behavior in late adolescents. It was hypothesized: there would be a positive relationship in psychopathic traits, peer pressure and reckless behavior in late adolescents; peer pressure would moderate relationship in psychopathic traits and reckless behavior in late adolescents. Further there would be gender differences in psychopathic traits, peer pressure and reckless behavior in late adolescents. Correlational research design was used. The sample of 200 late adolescents was taken from different Intermediate and BS Honors Classes from colleges and universities of Lahore. For assessment, Self- Report Psychopathic Scale (Phalus, 2001), Peer Pressure Scale (Binnaz, 2003) and Reckless Behavior Scale (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1989) were used. Pearson product moment correlation, moderation through regression and independent sample t test were used. Results showed that psychopathic traits had positive correlation with peer pressure and reckless behavior in late adolescents. Results also showed peer pressure, psychopathic traits (interpersonal exploitation and erratic life style) were positive predictors of reckless behavior in late adolescents. Furthermore, moderating effects of interpersonal exploitation and peer pressure on reckless behavior, and moderating effects of erratic life style and peer pressure on reckless behavior were also found. Moreover, Boys had higher level of anti-social and reckless behavior as compared to girls.
Keywords: Psychopathic Traits, Peer Pressure, Reckless Behavior, Late Adolescents.
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