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Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


Clinical Psychology

First Advisor

Dr. Darrin Rogers

Second Advisor

Dr. Edna Alfaro

Third Advisor

Dr. Michiyo Hirai


The current study investigates the effect that sex as a moderator has on the association between childhood trauma and impulsivity on primary psychopathy in a Hispanic college sample. The online survey obtained 443 responses from undergraduates; however after incomplete responses were removed and the data was cleaned, a sample size of 367 remained for use in primary analysis. The study utilized a hierarchical moderation regression analysis to determine the effect of sex on the association of predictor variables—childhood trauma and impulsivity, to the dependent variable, primary psychopathy. Researchers hypothesized that sex will enhance the association between childhood trauma and psychopathy, between childhood trauma and impulsivity, and that sex will have a buffering effect on the association between impulsivity and psychopathy. Contrary to expectation, sex did not moderate any of the predictor-dependent variable associations; however, strong direct associations were found between primary psychopathy, and impression management and impulsivity.


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Granting Institution

University of Texas-Pan American

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Psychology Commons