Assessing callous–unemotional traits in 6- to 18-year-olds: reliability, validity, factor structure, and norms of the german version of the inventory of callous–unemotional traits

  • Background: This article reports reliability, validity, and norms for the German version of the multi-informant questionnaire Inventory of Callous–Unemotional Traits (ICU). Method: The ICU was filled in by nonreferred children aged 13 to 18 years old (n = 645), parents of children aged 6 to 18 years old (n = 1,005), and their teachers (n = 955). Results: Confirmatory factor analysis resulted in a two-factor solution giving the best fit. Still none of the models showed an adequate model-fit applying the chi-square exact fit test. The internal consistency of the parent’s, teacher’s, and self-report version were α = .830, α = .877 and α = .769, respectively. Interrater reliability was moderate. Convergent validity with the Youth Psychopathic Traits Inventory, the externalizing scores of the Youth Self-Report/Child Behavior Checklist, and with the German oppositional Defiant Disorder/Conduct Disorder Rating Scale “FBB-SSV” were good. German norms were calculated. Conclusions: The ICU is a reliable and valid dimensional measure to describe callous–unemotional traits.

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Author:Kathrin Ueno, Katharina Ackermann, Christine M. FreitagORCiDGND, Christina Schwenck
Parent Title (English):Assessment
Place of publication:London [u.a.]
Document Type:Article
Date of Publication (online):2019/05/16
Date of first Publication:2019/05/16
Publishing Institution:Universitätsbibliothek Johann Christian Senckenberg
Release Date:2021/11/03
Tag:ICU; Inventory of Callous–Unemotional Traits; factor structure; multi-informant questionnaire; norms; reliability; validity
Page Number:18
First Page:567
Last Page:584
The author(s) disclosed receipt of the following financial support for the research, authorship, and/or publication of this article: The research was partly funded by the European Community, project FemNAT-CD (coordinator CM Freitag), FP7 Grant no. 602407.
Dieser Beitrag ist mit Zustimmung des Rechteinhabers aufgrund einer (DFG-geförderten) Allianz- bzw. Nationallizenz frei zugänglich.
This publication is with permission of the rights owner freely accessible due to an Alliance licence and a national licence (funded by the DFG, German Research Foundation) respectively.
Institutes:Psychologie und Sportwissenschaften
Dewey Decimal Classification:1 Philosophie und Psychologie / 15 Psychologie / 150 Psychologie
6 Technik, Medizin, angewandte Wissenschaften / 61 Medizin und Gesundheit / 610 Medizin und Gesundheit
Licence (German):License LogoDeutsches Urheberrecht