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Psychopathy, Aggression, and Intelligence in Young Violent Offenders: A Moderation Analysis

Authors Fernando Renee González Moraga
Danilo Garcia
Eva Billstedt
Björn Hofvander
Märta Wallinius
Published in International Association of Forensic Mental Health Services (IAFMHS) Conference. Antwerp, Belgium: June 12-14
Publication year 2018
Published at Institute of Neuroscience and Physiology
Department of Psychology
Gillberg Neuropsychiatry Centre
Centre for Ethics, Law, and Mental Health
Language en
Keywords Psychopathy, Intelligence, Aggression, Moderation Analysis
Subject categories Psychiatry, Psychology


Little attention has been directed to the possible moderating effect of intelligence on the well-established relationship between psychopathy and aggression, even though intelligence in previous research has been linked to both. We examined if intelligence moderates the relationship between psychopathy and aggression in a nationally representative cohort of young male Swedish violent offenders (n = 270). Data on psychopathy (Psychopathy Checklist-Revised), aggression (Life History of Aggression), and intelligence (Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale-III) was collected. Simple ordinary least squares (OLS) regression models indicated that the effect of psychopathy on aggression was not moderated by intelligence.

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