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Callous-Unemotional Traits and their Implications for Treating Aggressive and Violent Youths

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Course Description:

This course is based upon material published in the journal Criminal Justice and Behavior by Sage Publications on behalf of the International Association for Correctional and Forensic Psychology (IACFP).  This course, including the continuing education credits are offered free of charge as a benefit to all IACFP members via the web link http://cjb.sagepub.com/content/39/6/794.full.pdf+html   

This article reviews the current research literature on the development of aggression and callous-unemotional traits. Research suggests there are two functions to aggression, reactive and instrumental, and each has concomitant cognitive and emotional factors associated. Furthermore, callous-unemotional (CU) traits (i.e., an absence of empathy and guilt) have been shown to be associated with the instrumental type of aggression. Research on CU traits suggests that there are distinct developmental mechanisms operating in the development of aggressive and violent behavior for youths with and without these traits. These distinct developmental mechanisms have important implications for the assessment and treatment of aggressive and violent youths.

Forensic and clinical psychologists can benefit from this course.  In addition, this course is appropriate for social workers and professional counselors, especially those interested in forensic psychology or those who work within the criminal justice system. This course is appropriate for intermediate and advanced level practitioners who wish to enhance their knowledge of aggression and unemotional traits in adolescents, especially those in secure juvenile justice settings. 

Authors: Munoz, Frick

Learning Objectives: This course will provide the practitioner with detailed information regarding police misconduct.  Specifically, a professional will:

  • Identify the implications of distinct developmental mechanisms for the assessment and treatment of aggressive and violent youths.

  • Distinguish the cognitive and emotional correlates to aggression and callous-unemotional traits.

  • Describe the importance and know the implications of developmental models of aggression.

Citation:   Munoz, L. C., Frick, P. J., (2012). Callous-unemotional Traits and their Implications for the Understanding and Treating Aggressive and Violent Youths. Criminal Justice and Behavior Vol 39 No 6

 

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