Date Approved

8-14-2017

Embargo Period

8-22-2017

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

MA Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Department

Psychology

College

College of Science & Mathematics

First Advisor

Dinzeo, Thomas

Second Advisor

Hargesheimer, Sandra

Subject(s)

Aggressiveness; Personality disorders

Disciplines

Counseling Psychology

Abstract

This study sought to explore the relationship between psychopathology, aggression, and impulsivity. Two hypotheses were derived from the existing scientific literature: First, as a validity check, we anticipated that levels of psychopathology would be related to both aggression and impulsivity (as previously reported data suggests). Second, we anticipated that impulsivity would moderate the relationship between overall symptom severity and aggression. Finally, we constructed exploratory regression models to examine the contribution of specific types of impulsivity in the prediction of specific acts of aggression across BSI symptom groupings. Data was collected using Rowan University undergraduate students that completed an in-person battery of measures. The researchers did find many correlations between aggression and psychopathology levels as anticipate, however moderations were not found in the present study.

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