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Adolescent Callous-Unemotional Traits Mediates the Longitudinal Association between Conduct Problems and Media Violence Exposure

Department of Psychology, University of Cyprus, Kallipoleos 65, P.O. Box 20537, CY 1678, Nicosia, Cyprus
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Societies 2013, 3(3), 298-315; https://doi.org/10.3390/soc3030298
Received: 4 July 2013 / Revised: 6 September 2013 / Accepted: 6 September 2013 / Published: 16 September 2013
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Understanding Media Violence Effects)
The current study investigates the bidirectional longitudinal association between conduct problems (CPs) and media violence exposure (MVE), with callous-unemotional (CU) traits as a potential mediator of this association. The sample consisted of 1,451 (49.9% boys) Greek Cypriot adolescents. CPs and MVE were measured at Year 1 and Year 3 and CU traits were measured at Year 2, enabling the examination of longitudinal associations and indirect effects between these variables. A bidirectional association between CPs and MVE was identified. Further, both CPs and MVE at Year 1 were positively associated with Year 2 CU traits, and youth high on CU traits at Year 2 were more likely to exhibit CP behaviors and to be exposed to media violence at Year 3. Finally, two indirect pathways were identified, suggesting that the longitudinal bidirectional association between CPs and MVE was partially mediated by CU traits. These findings suggest that CU traits constitute an underlying mechanism explaining the longitudinal association between CPs and MVE. View Full-Text
Keywords: media violence exposure; callous-unemotional traits; conduct problems; indirect pathway; bidirectional media violence exposure; callous-unemotional traits; conduct problems; indirect pathway; bidirectional
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Fanti, K.A.; Hadjicharalambous, M.-Z.; Katsimicha, E. Adolescent Callous-Unemotional Traits Mediates the Longitudinal Association between Conduct Problems and Media Violence Exposure. Societies 2013, 3, 298-315. https://doi.org/10.3390/soc3030298

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Fanti KA, Hadjicharalambous M-Z, Katsimicha E. Adolescent Callous-Unemotional Traits Mediates the Longitudinal Association between Conduct Problems and Media Violence Exposure. Societies. 2013; 3(3):298-315. https://doi.org/10.3390/soc3030298

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Fanti, Kostas. A., Maria-Zoe Hadjicharalambous, and Evita Katsimicha. 2013. "Adolescent Callous-Unemotional Traits Mediates the Longitudinal Association between Conduct Problems and Media Violence Exposure" Societies 3, no. 3: 298-315. https://doi.org/10.3390/soc3030298

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