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Unique and combined contributions of callous-unemotional traits and parental incarceration on juvenile delinquency in an at-risk sample

Description: Research suggests that both callous-unemotional (CU) traits and history of parental incarceration are predictors of juvenile delinquency. However, their interaction in association with such behaviors has yet to be investigated. Participants were 213 adolescents (201 males, 12 females) ranging in age from 16 to 19 enrolled in a residential program. Higher levels of overall CU traits were related to juvenile delinquency, and parental incarceration was associated with higher delinquency among adolescents with relatively low levels of CU traits. Consistent with prior research, CU traits may indicate risk of engaging in juvenile delinquency, yet parental incarceration may be particularly relevant for youth low in CU traits. Implications and issues for further research are discussed.

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Herrington. L. L., Barry, C. T., & Reiter, S. R. (2017). Unique and combined contributions of callous-unemotional traits and parental incarceration on juvenile delinquency in an at-risk sample [Electronic Version]. Applied Psychology in Criminal Justice, 13(1), 51-69.

Keywords: psychopathy, parental incarceration, delinquency, adolescent, callousunemotional traits

Date: May 18, 2017 | File Size: 382.93 Kb | Downloads: 4

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