The parenting behavior of psychopathic individuals as reported in prior quantitative studies is reviewed and considered in the context of new qualitative data. This article reports a qualitative analysis of seven published memoirs written by adult sons and daughters of psychopathic individuals and triangulates this analysis with data from two cases. Qualitative data reveal themes of warmth and togetherness as well as manipulation and abuse. A developmental account of children’s understanding of parental psychopathy was generated. A model relating the facets of psychopathy as assessed by the PCL–R to parenting and children’s responses to that parenting is presented. The article highlights many issues important to professionals evaluating families in custody cases where parental psychopathy is suspected or alleged.
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