Psychopathic traits, problem drinking, and implicit cognitions as predictors of alcohol related aggression among college students
Richards, Jaime Lynn
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Problem alcohol use continues to be a growing concern on university campuses and alcohol related problem behaviors (i.e. aggression) continue to rise each year. The current study explored the relationships between self-reported psychopathic personality traits, problem alcohol use, alcohol related aggression, and implicit cognitions regarding both alcohol and violent behavior among two hundred and thirty males and females enrolled in a large Southern university. A moderated mediation model was examined and data indicated that problem drinking mediated the relationship between secondary psychopathic traits and alcohol related aggression. As such, problem alcohol use appears to be one pathway leading from prevalence of certain personality attributes and alcohol related aggression. Implications for prevention, treatment, and future directions are discussed.