The relationships among psychopathic traits and risky sexual behaviors, sexual coercion, and aggression in a female college sample
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The purpose of this study was to examine how psychopathic traits are expressed interpersonally by women. Specifically, it examined the associations among psychopathic traits and an individual's propensity to engage in risky sexual behavior, willingness to use sexual coercion, and the form (overt and relational) and function (proactive and reactive) of their aggressive acts. Self-report measures were administered to 91 college females. Correlational and hierarchical regression analyses were conducted. Psychopathic traits were not found to be associated with age of first consensual sexual activity, number of lifetime sexual partners, or the use of sexual coercion. Psychopathic traits were associated with engaging in all the forms and functions of aggression as well as engaging in risky sexual behavior. Theoretical and practical implications of the findings are discussed.