Callous-unemotional behaviors in young girls: Shared and unique effects relative to conduct problems

Alison E. Hipwell, Dustin A. Pardini, Rolf Loeber, Mark Sembower, Kate Keenan, Magda Stouthamer-Loeber

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Abstract

Among girls, little is known about the shared and unique associations that callous-unemotional (CU) behaviors and conduct problems have with aspects of emotional and behavioral dysregulation and with parenting practices. This study examined these associations using a large community-based sample of young girls (N = 990). The findings revealed that hyperactivity-impulsivity and negative emotionality were positively and uniquely associated with conduct problems, but not with CU behaviors, after controlling for co-occurring conduct problems. Conduct problems were also positively associated with both generalized anxiety and panic/somatic anxiety. In contrast, CU behaviors were negatively related to generalized anxiety problems after controlling for co-occurring conduct problems. The results also indicated that conduct problems were more closely associated with harsh punishment and low parental warmth among girls with low versus high CU behaviors.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)293-304
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology
Volume36
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - 2007
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Clinical Psychology

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