Interpersonal callousness trajectories across adolescence: Early social influences and adult outcomes

Dustin A. Pardini, Rolf Loeber

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The current study examined the relation between interpersonal callousness trajectories during adolescence (ages 14 to 18) and characteristics of antisocial personality and internalizing problems in young adulthood (age 26), using a community sample of 506 boys. The influence of several parent and peer factors on callousness trajectories during adolescence was also explored. Although the mean interpersonal callousness trajectory for the entire sample was relatively flat, there was substantial individual variability in both the initial status and rate of change of interpersonal callousness over time. Trajectories of interpersonal callousness were associated with higher levels of antisocial personality features in early adulthood but were unrelated to adult internalizing problems. Conduct problems and parent-child communication difficulties were the best predictors of elevated levels of interpersonal callousness throughout adolescence. However, none of the parenting and peer factors examined predicted substantive changes in interpersonal callousness over time.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)173-196
Number of pages24
JournalCriminal Justice and Behavior
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 2008
Externally publishedYes


  • Antisocial personality
  • Callous
  • Development
  • Longitudinal
  • Parenting
  • Peers
  • Psychopathy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine
  • Psychology(all)
  • Law


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