From the article: And there are other challenges. Since psychopathy is highly heritable, Lynam says, a child who is cold or callous is more likely to have a parent who is the same way. And because parents dont necessarily bond to children who behave cruelly, those children tend to get punished more and nurtured less, creating what he calls a self-fulfilling prophecy.
It reaches a point where the parents just stop trying, Lynam said. A lot of the training is about trying to get these kids parents to re-engage, because they feel like theyve tried it all and nothing works.
Anne admitted to me that this had been her experience. As horrible as this is to say, as a mom, the truth is that you put up a wall. Its like being in the army, facing a barrage of fire every day. You have to steel yourself against the outbursts and the hate.
Waschbusch is fumbling around arbitrarily applying negative and positive reinforcement. These kids are products of their environment and Waschbusch should be removed from practice. He’s making things worse and seeminly ignorant of basic behavioral interventions that actually work.
You sound like you are swallowing Lynam’s speculations as gospel reports about the family. I see nothing inferrable here about it.