Callous-unemotional traits are associated with deficits in recognizing complex emotions in preadolescent children

Carla Sharp*, Salome Vanwoerden, Y. Van Baardewijk, J. L. Tackett, H. Stegge

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Abstract

The aims of the current study were to show that the affective component of psychopathy (callous-unemotional traits) is related to deficits in recognizing emotions over and above other psychopathy dimensions and to show that this relationship is driven by a specific deficit in recognizing complex emotions more so than basic emotions. The authors administered the Child Eyes Test to assess emotion recognition in a community sample of preadolescent children between the ages of 10 and 12 (N = 417; 53.6% boys). The task required children to identify a broad array of emotions from photographic stimuli depicting the eye region of the face. Stimuli were then divided into complex or basic emotions. Results demonstrated a unique association between callous-unemotional traits and complex emotions, with weaker associations with basic emotion recognition, over and above other dimensions of psychopathy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)347-359
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of personality disorders
Volume29
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 1 2015

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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