Knowing right from wrong, but just not always feeling it: Relations among callous-unemotional traits, psychopathological symptoms, and cognitive and affective morality judgments in 8- to 12-year-old boys

J. Feilhauer, M.J. Cima-Knijff, C. Benjamins, P. Muris

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Abstract

The present research expands our understanding of cognitive and affective morality by exploring associations with callous-unemotional (CU) traits and externalizing symptoms. Participants were 46 8- to 12-year-old boys from the community who completed the Affective Morality Index, the Youth Self-Report, and the Inventory of Callous-Unemotional Traits. A pattern of results was found indicating that in particular the combination of high CU traits and high externalizing symptoms was associated with lack of affective morality, and an increased perceived likelihood of recommitting antisocial acts (recidivism). The implications of these findings and suggestions for future research are discussed.
Keywords: Affective morality, Cognitive morality, Callous-unemotional traits, Externalizing symptoms
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)709-716
JournalChild Psychiatry and Human Development
Volume44
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2013

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