Recognition of pain as another deficit in young males with high callous-unemotional traits
Wolf, S.; Centifanti (née Muñoz), L.C.
L.C. Centifanti (née Muñoz)
Prior research on callous-unemotional (CU) traits supports a deficit in recognizing fear in faces and body postures. Difficulties recognising others’ emotions may impair the typical behavioural inhibition for violent behaviour. However, recent research has begun to examine other distress cues such as pain. The present study examined emotion recognition skills, including pain, of school-excluded boys aged 11–16 years (N = 50). Using dynamic faces and body poses, we examined the relation between emotion recognition and CU traits using the youth psychopathic traits inventory (YPI) and the inventory of CU traits. Violent delinquency was covaried in regression analyses. Although fearful facial and fearful bodily expressions were unrelated to CU traits, recognition of dynamic pain facial expressions was negatively related to CU traits using the YPI. The failure to replicate a fear and sad deficit are discussed in relation to previous research. Also, findings are discussed in support of a general empathy deficit for distress cues which may underlie the problem behaviour of young males with CU traits.
Wolf, S., & Centifanti (née Muñoz), L. (2013). Recognition of pain as another deficit in young males with high callous-unemotional traits. Child Psychiatry and Human Development, 45(4), 422-432. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10578-013-0412-8
|Journal Article Type||Article|
|Publication Date||Aug 1, 2013|
|Deposit Date||Sep 24, 2013|
|Publicly Available Date||Feb 4, 2014|
|Journal||Child Psychiatry and Human Development|
|Peer Reviewed||Peer Reviewed|
|Keywords||Callous-unemotional traits, Emotion, Recognition, Pain, Delinquency.|
Accepted Journal Article
The final publication is available at Springer via http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10578-013-0412-8.
You might also like
Driving under the influence of risky peers: An experimental study of adolescent risk taking
Adolescents as perpetrators of aggression within the family
The habitual female offender inside: How psychopathic traits predict chronic prison violence