Trends in Psychiatry and Psychotherapy
http://www.trends.periodikos.com.br/article/doi/10.47626/2237-6089-2023-0625
Trends in Psychiatry and Psychotherapy
Original Article

Associations between the triarchic traits and mental health symptoms: the role of coping styles as mediators

Lucas de Francisco Carvalho, Cibelle de Oliveira, Maria Clara Romão Pontes Rolim Garcia, Gisele Magarotto Machado

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Abstract

Objective
We investigated relationships between the triarchic model of psychopathy, coping styles, and externalizing and internalizing symptoms, and verified the mediating effect of coping styles.

Methods
Participants were 957 adults responding to the Triarchic Psychopathy Measure, Inventory of depression and anxiety symptoms expanded version, and Crime and Analogous Behavior Scale.

Results
Data were analyzed using four path analyses to test our hypothesis, indicating each triarchic trait is differently associated with psychological symptoms and coping styles. We also observed the preference for some coping styles affecting the association between triarchic traits and psychological symptoms.

Conclusion
Our findings suggest that coping styles affect only the associations between boldness*distress and boldness*fear, indicating that specific coping strategies can account for variations in distress and fear linked to boldness.

Keywords

Behavioral symptoms, antisocial behaviors, coping behavior, mediating factor

Submitted date:
02/13/2023

Accepted date:
05/25/2023

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