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Juvenile Delinquents, Callous Unemotional Traits of

Callous unemotional (CU) traits is the term used to describe individuals showing a set of symptoms including low levels of empathy and guilt, uncaring attitudes about others’ feelings and their own performance in structured activities, and shallow emotions. When they co-occur with antisocial behavior, CU traits are recognized to be a risk factor for early onset, pervasive, and aggressive criminal behavior and adult psychopathy. Psychopathy consists of two dimensions or factors: Factor 1 includes shallow and deficient affect and an arrogant and manipulative interpersonal style; Factor 2 includes an impulsive and irresponsible lifestyle and antisocial behavior. CU traits were first introduced to capture developmentally appropriate symptoms of the deficient affect dimension of adult psychopathy (i.e., lack of remorse/guilt, shallow affect, callous/lack of empathy). Research shows ...

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