Toward a psychopathology of self-control theory: The importance of narcissistic traits

Michael G. Vaughn, Matt DeLisi, Kevin M. Beaver, John Paul Wright, Matthew O. Howard

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Research on self-control and related constructs is central to individual-level explanations of antisocial behavior. However, less research attention has been paid to the psychopathological underpinnings of self-control. The current study explores relationships between self-control and psychiatric symptoms, head injury, trauma history, substance use, guiltlessness and narcissistic traits in a statewide population of juvenile offenders. Results support the importance of these variables, in particular narcissistic traits, in better explicating theories of self-control. Implications for research on the psychopathological underpinnings of self-control are highlighted.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)803-821
Number of pages19
JournalBehavioral Sciences and the Law
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 2007

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Law


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