(BLOOMINGTON, Ind.) -- A new study suggests that certain early traits in children can be used to predict whether they will have more serious behavioral issues later on.
Researchers at Indiana University studied 10,000 children ages 4 to 12 who displayed what were called "callous-unemotional (CU) traits" as well as conduct problems and antisocial behavior.
The study, published in Abnormal Psychology, found that children who had been assessed by their teachers as having high CU traits between the ages of 7 and 12 were more likely to display behaviors such as hyperactivity and emotional problems after the age of 12.
Researchers suggest that this information could be used for early intervention in children who display both high CU traits and conduct problems to stop further issues from developing with age.
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