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Conduct Problems and Callous-Unemotional Traits in Children Seminar

15:00 - 16:00
11 January 2017
University of Southampton, Highfield Campus, Building 44 (Shackleton), Room 3095

For more information regarding this seminar, please telephone Sue McNally on 02380595150 or email .

Event details

Conduct Problems incur considerable individual and societal costs and constitute one of the most common reasons for referral to child mental health and educational services. However, the success of the prevention and treatment efforts is, at best, moderate. Decades of developmental psychopathology research highlight that we should be mindful of the phenomenon of ‘equifinality’, namely that individuals may present with similar behaviors for a number of different underlying reasons. In this talk I will review studies that have employed a variety of methodologies (behavioural, neuroimaging, genetics) and focused on heterogeneity among children with conduct problems. In particular, I will review evidence, which suggest that high vs. low levels of callous-unemotional traits characterize groups of children for whom the origin of conduct problems, as well as the concomitant emotion processing abnormalities, appear different. I will also outline the research challenges ahead, as we seek to better understand how genetic and environmental factors act in concert to increase risk for the development of conduct problems.

Speaker information

Professor Essi Viding, University College London. Essi Viding is Professor of Developmental Psychopathology at the Division of Psychology and Language Sciences, University College London and adjunct faculty at Yale University Medical School Child Study Center. Her research combines a variety of methodologies in an effort to chart different developmental pathways to persistent antisocial behaviour. Professor Viding has received several prizes for her work, including the British Academy Wiley Prize in Psychology, The British Psychological Society Spearman Medal, The Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit Award and the Young Mind&Brain Prize.

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