Assessing callous-unemotional traits in chinese detained boys: Factor structure and construct validity of the inventory of callous-unemotional traits

Xintong Zhang, Yiyun Shou, Meng Cheng Wang*, Chuxian Zhong, Jie Luo, Yu Gao, Wendeng Yang

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    Abstract

    The Inventory of Callous-Unemotional Traits (ICU) was designed to evaluate multiple facets of Callous-Unemotional (CU) traits in youths. However, no study has examined the factor structure and psychometrical properties of the ICU in Chinese detained juveniles. The current study assesses the factor structure, internal consistency and convergent validity of the ICU in 613 Chinese detained boys. Confirmatory factor analysis results indicated that the original three-factor model with 24 items showed an unacceptable fit to the data, however, the 11-item shortened version of the ICU (ICU-11) with callousness and uncaring dimensions showed the best fit. Moreover, the ICU-11 total score and factor scores had good and acceptable internal consistencies. The convergent and criterion validity of the ICU-11 was demonstrated by comparable and significant associations in the expected direction with relevant external criteria (e.g., psychopathy, aggression, and empathy). In conclusion, present findings indicated that the ICU-11 is a reliable and efficient instrument to replace the original ICU when assessing CU traits in the Chinese male detained juvenile sample.

    Original languageEnglish
    Article number1841
    JournalFrontiers in Psychology
    Volume10
    Issue numberAUG
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2019

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