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22 February 2011

Callous kids leads to antisocial behaviour

Children who display a lack of emotion and a lack of empathy or guilt are at risk of antisocial behaviour and other adjustment problems, research shows.

Children who display a lack of emotion and a lack of empathy or guilt - features that psychologists call "callous-unemotional traits"  are at risk of antisocial behaviour and other adjustment problems, research shows.

Although the problematic traits are linked to conduct problems, the converse is not always true: high levels of conduct problems are not necessarily linked to high levels of callousness or lack of emotion in children, the researchers noted.

 
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