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Synergy between callous-unemotional traits and aggression in preschool children: cross-informant and cross-cultural replication in the UK Wirral Child Health and Development Study, and the Colombian La Sabana Parent-Child Study

Obando, D., Hill, J., Sharp, H., Pickles, A., Fisher, L. and Wright, N. (2020) Synergy between callous-unemotional traits and aggression in preschool children: cross-informant and cross-cultural replication in the UK Wirral Child Health and Development Study, and the Colombian La Sabana Parent-Child Study. Development and Psychopathology. ISSN 1469-2198 (In Press)

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Abstract/Summary

Incremental prediction of aggression from callous unemotional (CU) traits is well established, but cross-cultural replication and studies of young children are needed. Little is understood about the contribution of CU traits in children who are already aggressive. We addressed these issues in prospective studies in the UK and Colombia. In a UK epidemiological cohort, CU traits and aggression were assessed at age 3.5 years, and aggression at 5.0 years by mothers (N=687) and partners (N=397). In a Colombian general population sample, CU traits were assessed at age 3.5 and aggression at 3.5 and 5.0 by mother report (N=220). Analyses consistently showed prediction of age 5.0 aggression by aged 3.5 years CU traits controlling for age 3.5 aggression. Associations between 3.5 years CU traits and 5.0 years aggression were moderated by aggression at 3.5 years, with UK interaction terms, same informant,

Item Type:Article
Refereed:Yes
Divisions:Faculty of Life Sciences > School of Psychology and Clinical Language Sciences > Psychopathology and Affective Neuroscience
ID Code:93948
Publisher:Cambridge University Press

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