Publication Date

2016

Abstract

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.

School/Institute

Learning Sciences Institute Australia

Document Type

Journal Article

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