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Heritability of antisocial behaviour at 9: do callous-unemotional traits matter?

Viding, Essi; Jones, Alice P.; Paul, J. Frick; Moffitt, Terrie E. and Plomin, Robert. 2008. Heritability of antisocial behaviour at 9: do callous-unemotional traits matter? Developmental Science, 11(1), pp. 17-22. ISSN 1363755X [Article]

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A previous finding from our group indicated that teacher-rated antisocial behaviour (AB) among 7-year-olds is particularly heritable in the presence of callous-unemotional (CU) traits. Using a sample of 1865 same-sex twin pairs, we employed DeFries-Fulker extremes analysis to investigate whether teacher-rated AB with/without CU traits also shows aetiological differences among 9-year-olds. Furthermore, we assessed whether the differences in the magnitude of heritability would be evident even when hyperactive symptoms were controlled for in the statistical analysis. AB among 9-year-olds was more heritable with than without concomitant CU. The heritability difference was even more pronounced in magnitude when hyperactive symptoms were controlled. CU traits thus appear to index one valid way of sub-typing children with early-onset AB.

Item Type:

Article

Identification Number (DOI):

https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-7687.2007.00648.x

Departments, Centres and Research Units:

Psychology

Dates:

DateEvent
2008Published

Item ID:

5334

Date Deposited:

21 Mar 2011 14:26

Last Modified:

04 Jul 2017 09:15

Peer Reviewed:

Yes, this version has been peer-reviewed.

URI:

http://research.gold.ac.uk/id/eprint/5334

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