Psychometric Properties of the Portuguese Teacher-Version of the Inventory of Callous-Unemotional Traits for Preschool Children

Psychometric Properties of the Portuguese Teacher-Version of the Inventory of Callous-Unemotional Traits for Preschool Children

Psychometric Properties of the Portuguese Teacher-Version of the Inventory of Callous-Unemotional Traits for Preschool Children

Poster presentation69Ricardo Barroso, University of Porto, Portugal

Room P2Fri 14:30 - 15:15

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 in adolescence, it is in the preschool period that aggressive behavior is prominent, and feelings of guilt and empathy begin to develop. Some researchers suggest that even younger children may have excessive dominance as well as telling strategically intentional lies and deliberately deceive others. The aim of this study is to analyze the factor structure of the Portuguese version of the teacher-report ICU for preschool-age children, and to examine its psychometric properties, such as internal consistency and convergent validity, in a community sample of children. The sample was collected in public schools and comprises the responses of 46 teachers in relation to 131 children (62 girls), between three and six years of age. A confirmatory factor analysis produced two factors: callous and uncaring. The results of the present study showed that the Portuguese version of the ICU scale (teacher’s version) seems to be reliable and valid to evaluate CU traits in preschool children.
Patrícia Figueiredo, Eduarda Ramião, Diana Moreira, Fernando Barbosa

Assessment and treatment of young and/or adolescent offenders
callous-unemotional traits, children, ICU, psychometric proprieties
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