Does Parental Investment affect Emotional Concern and Psychopathy in Grown-up Children?
Belskij, Alexej (2020)
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Parental investment is an important cue for children to determine whether the environment is safe and predictable or risky and chaotic. An unpredictable environment may justify a risky lifestyle with early reproduction and little investment into offspring, while a predictable environment allows a cautious lifestyle and more parental care. Empathic concern and psychopathy can represent there two different life history strategies. We investigated the relationship between parental investment, empathic concern and psychopathy and hypothesized the amount of parental investment to positively influence emotional concern and negatively influence psychopathy. We also explored whether maternal and paternal investment would affect emotional concern or psychopathy differently for men and women. The sample consisted of 1291 participants’ self-reports. Parental investment was assessed with a self-constructed measure, emotional concern was assessed with Interpersonal Reactivity Index questionnaire items and psychopathy was assessed with the Self-Report Psychopathy III form. Using a Structural Equation Model (SEM), we found a positive relationship between maternal investment and emphatic concern (β = 0.15), and a negative relationship between both maternal investment (β = -0.09) and paternal investment (β = -0.08) and psychopathy. Interestingly, maternal investment contributed to their daughters’ empathic concern and paternal investment positively influenced their sons’ emphatic concern. Similarly, maternal investment negatively affected their sons’ psychopathy scores, and paternal investment negatively affected their daughters’ psychopathy scores. The results generally supported the theoretical predictions showing that offspring of more caring parents had higher emotional concern and lower psychopathy scores which reflect a slower, cautious lifestyle.
- 515 Psykologia