Research Highlight: Low Motivation for Social Bonding May Signal Behavior Problems in Early Childhood

Study found that low social affiliation—low motivation for social engagement and bonding—may be a precursor that identifies children as early as age 2 who are likely to develop callous-unemotional behaviors. These findings could inform targeted interventions that promote prosocial behaviors and set children on a more positive developmental trajectory. The researchers noted that low social affiliation may also be associated with other mental health conditions, such as social anxiety. Researchers recommended additional studies exploring connection be conducted.