Teachers facing Callous-unemotional Traits and serious Conduct Problems in High School: the Call for an emotional Education

Margot Zanetti, Luca Rossi


In this work, we examined the presence of callous-unemotional traits and their correlations between externalizing and internalizing problems in two schools, located in different Italian regions, relatively Veneto and Lazio. The aims are multiple and interrelated: 1) to assess the presence of CU traits in the young Italian scholastic population; 2) to evaluate their relation with the behavioural outcomes; 3) to investigate possible differences between genders and geographic locations; 4) to make teachers and educators aware of the CU traits, their learning and behavioural correlates and their consequences, to build more effective prevention and re-education programs. The sample is composed by 689 high school students, 227 males and 460 females, average age 16. The methodology that has been adopted was the Correspondence Analysis, used to investigate the relationship between the psychopathic traits, measured using the Inventory of Callous-Unemotional Traits (ICU), and the problem behaviours, categorized by the Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire (SDQ).


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CU traits; problem-behaviours; high school; emotional education; teacher formation.

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