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ERIC Number: EJ1177391
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018-May
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0012-1649
Callous--Unemotional Traits Moderate the Association between Children's Early Moral Understanding and Aggression: A Short-Term Longitudinal Study
Jambon, Marc; Smetana, Judith G.
Developmental Psychology, v54 n5 p903-915 May 2018
Drawing on the framework of social domain theory, this multi-method, multi-informant longitudinal study examined whether callous-unemotional (CU) tendencies moderated the association between U.S. 4 to 7 year olds' (n = 135; M[subscript age] = 5.65, 50% male; 75% White) ability to differentiate hypothetical, prototypical moral and conventional transgressions along theoretical criteria and teacher (n = 49) and parent (n = 128, 91% mothers) ratings of physical aggression. Deficits in domain distinction ability were associated with greater teacher-reported aggression both concurrently and 9 months later, but only for children high in CU traits. No main effects or interactions were found for parent reports. These findings build on a growing body of research demonstrating that children who use aggression in a deliberate and callous manner show deficits in their basic understanding of moral norms.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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