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Depressive symptoms predict callous-unemotional behavior in adjudicated adolescent males with conduct disorder

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Depressive symptoms predict callous-unemotional behavior in adjudicated adolescent males with conduct disorder

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Title: Depressive symptoms predict callous-unemotional behavior in adjudicated adolescent males with conduct disorder
Author: Fink, Brandi C.
Advisor(s): Dougher, Michael J.
Committee Member(s): Witherington, David
Moyers, Theresa
Broidy, Lisa
Department: University of New Mexico. Dept. of Psychology
Subject: depressive symptoms
conduct problems
callous-unemotional behavior
psychopathy
callous-unemotional traits
LC Subject(s): Adolescent psychology
Depression, Mental--Diagnosis
Impulsive personality
Antisocial personality disorders
Apathy
Somatoform disorders
Degree Level: Doctoral
Abstract: Depressive symptoms were examined in a sample of adjudicated adolescent males with conduct disorder and callous-unemotional behavior as measured by the Inventory of Callous-Unemotional Traits (ICU), the Antisocial Process Screening Device (APSD) and the Youth Psychopathy Inventory (YPI). Results indicate that contrary to previous findings, depressive symptoms, as measured by the Reynolds Adolescent Depression Scale – 2 (RADS-2) are, indeed, present in callous-unemotional youth and significantly predict callous-unemotional behavior in this sample of male adolescents. In addition, dysphoria was negatively associated with callous-unemotional behavior whereas somatic complaints were positively associated with it. These findings suggest that the restricted affective displays in youth with callous-unemotional behavior may, in part, be related to a depressive process. In addition, somatic complaints were significantly related to impulsivity consistent with findings that depressive symptoms independently predict impulsivity in adolescents.
Graduation Date: May 2010
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1928/10873


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