School of Education
Tammy L. Hughes
Carol S. Parke
Jeffrey A. Miller
aggressive youth, alternative education, callous-unemotional, impulsivity/conduct problems, psychopathic traits, social-cogntive processes
Psychopathy is associated with severe and violent aggressive behaviors, poor treatment outcomes and high rates of recidivism. In youth, conduct problems and callous/unemotional characteristics are associated with characteristics of adulthood psychopathy. Downward extending adult criteria to youth is problematic. However, there is substantial evidence that adults with psychopathy traits began that developmental trajectory in childhood. This study adds to the developing literature clarifying the construct of psychopathy in youth, including the nature of callous/unemotional traits and the relationship to social-cognitive processes. Results indicate the callous/unemotional trait significantly predicted empathic concern, perspective taking, cognitive dysregulation, and outcome values in obtaining a tangible reward and getting in trouble or being punished.
Morris, C. (2007). Psychopathic traits and social-cognitive processes in aggressive youth (Doctoral dissertation, Duquesne University). Retrieved from https://dsc.duq.edu/etd/948