Positive and Negative Parenting in Conduct Disorder with High versus Low Levels of Callous-Unemotional Traits

Ruth Pauli, Peter Tino, Jack C. Rogers, Rosalind Baker, Roberta Clanton, Philippa Birch, Abigail Brown, Gemma Daniel, Lisandra Ferreira, Liam Grisley, Gregor Kohls, Christina Stadler, Aranzazu Fernandez-Rivas, Graeme Fairchild, Arne Popma, Dimitris Dikeos, Beate Herpertz-Dahlmann, Kerstin Konrad, Christine M. Freitag, Pia RotshteinStephane A. De Brito

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Abstract

Less is known about the relationship between conduct disorder (CD), callous-unemotional (CU) traits and positive and negative parenting in adolescence compared to early childhood. We combined traditional univariate analyses with a novel machine learning classifier (Angle-based Generalised Matrix Learning Vector Quantisation) to classify youth (N = 756; 9-18 years) into typically-developing (TD) or CD groups with or without elevated CU traits (CD/HCU, CD/LCU respectively) using youth- and parent-report measures of parenting behaviour. At the group level, both CD/HCU and CD/LCU were associated with high negative and low positive parenting relative to TD. However, only positive parenting differed between the CD/HCU and CD/LCU groups. In classification analyses, performance was best when distinguishing CD/HCU from TD groups and poorest when distinguishing CD/HCU from CD/LCU groups. Positive and negative parenting were both relevant when distinguishing CD/HCU from TD, negative parenting was most relevant when distinguishing between CD/LCU from TD, and positive parenting was most relevant when distinguishing CD/HCU from CD/LCU groups. These findings suggest that while positive parenting distinguishes between CD/HCU and CD/LCU, negative parenting is associated with both CD subtypes. These results highlight the importance of considering multiple parenting behaviours in CD with varying levels of CU traits in late childhood or adolescence.
Original languageEnglish
JournalDevelopment and Psychopathology
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Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 23 Jun 2020

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