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Abstract: The importance of protective factors for the effective assessment of serious problem behaviour in children is increasingly recognized. Complementing the existing risk-focused approach, the specific focus on protective factors offers new guidance to designing strength-based preventive interventions. In the footsteps of its older...

Early-onset disruptive behavior can negatively impact children’s development by becoming, in some cases, the precursor of later developmental trajectories characterized, long-term, by more severe and harmful forms of antisocial behavior. Advancing towards sound etiological models that could inform early preventive interventions is, therefore, of paramount...

Psychopathy refers to a multidimensional construct that encompasses affective, interpersonal and behavioral dimensions. The affective dimension has been named Callous-unemotional (CU) Traits, constituting the first extension of the concept of psychopathy attributed to children. Although the literature shows more evidence for the characteristics of CU...