The Inventory of Callous-Unemotional Traits: Reliability, Convergent Validity, and Predictive Validity for Reoffending in Adolescents on Probation

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Yes, item is peer reviewed.
Scholarly level: 
Graduate student (PhD)
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Bhanwer, A., Viljoen, J. L., Shaffer, C. S., & Douglas, K. S. (2018). The Inventory of Callous Unemotional Traits: Reliability, convergent validity, and predictive validity for reoffending in adolescents on probation. International Journal of Forensic Mental Health, 2, 111-123. DOI: 10.1080/14999013.2018.1525779.

Date created: 
2018-11-10
Keywords: 
Adolescent
Callous-Unemotional
Inventory of Callous-Unemotional Traits
Reoffending
Violence
Abstract: 

This prospective study assessed the reliability and validity of the Inventory of Callous-Unemotional Traits (ICU) in a sample of 70 adolescent offenders. With the exception of the Unemotional subscale, ICU scores showed acceptable reliability. ICU total and Callousness scores demonstrated moderate associations with the Antisocial Process Screening Device and the Psychopathy Checklist: Youth Version. The ICU also demonstrated moderate predictive accuracy for violent reoffending over an 18-month follow-up period. While these findings provide some support for the ICU’s validity, more research is needed to determine if it is appropriate for use in applied settings with adolescent offenders.

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English
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Article
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