Frick, P J. (2016). Early identification and treatment of antisocial behavior. Pediatric Clinics of North America,63(5), 861-871. United States of America: W.B. Saunders. Retrieved from https://doi.org/10.1016/j.pcl.2016.06.008
Key points • Individuals most likely to show severe and persistent antisocial behavior often begin showing severe conduct problems early in childhood. • Callous-unemotional (CU) traits are characterized by a lack of guilt, a lack of empathy, a restricted display of affect, and a failure to put forth the effort to succeed in important activities. • The level of CU traits seems to differentiate subgroups of children and adolescents with serious conduct problems who differ in the severity and persistence of their antisocial behavior. • The level of CU traits also seems to differentiate subgroups of children and adolescents with serious conduct who have different causes to their behavior problems. • Treatment is enhanced when it is tailored to the unique characteristics of antisocial youth with and without elevated CU traits.
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