Stability and malleability of callous-unemotional traits during treatment for childhood conduct problems

David J. Hawes*, Mark R. Dadds

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Abstract

This study examined stability and malleability in the callous-unemotional (CU) traits of young boys (M age = 6.29 years, SD = 1.55) referred to clinics with conduct problems who underwent a parent-training intervention. In contrast to the high stability predicted, CU scores droppedposttreatment for a subset of the sample. However, as hypothesized, posttreatment and 6-month follow-up measures of CU traits and general conduct problems were predicted by different variables. Post hoc analyses of cases grouped according to pattern of CU stability indicated that boys with the most stable high CU traits showed the poorest outcomes at follow-up.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)347-355
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology
Volume36
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2007
Externally publishedYes

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