Commentary: Improving treatment for youth with callous-unemotional traits through the intersection of basic and applied science--reflections on Dadds et al. (2014)

J Child Psychol Psychiatry. 2014 Jul;55(7):781-3. doi: 10.1111/jcpp.12274.


There is increasing evidence that callous-unemotional (CU) traits delineate a distinctive group of youth with antisocial behavior (AB). While controversies surrounding the construct of CU traits remain, the Dadds et al. (2014) study in this issue is emblematic of recent research that has focused on understanding the development of CU traits among antisocial youth. We explore four pertinent issues in the study of youth AB highlighted by this study, and highlight this study as exemplar research program that will ultimately help youth and families through translation from the lab to the clinic.

Publication types

  • Comment

MeSH terms

  • Antisocial Personality Disorder / physiopathology*
  • Attention Deficit and Disruptive Behavior Disorders / physiopathology*
  • Emotions / physiology*
  • Empathy / physiology*
  • Fathers / psychology*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Love*
  • Male
  • Mother-Child Relations / psychology*