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Conduct Disorder

The primary attribute of this condition is the repetition and persistence in violating behavioral regulations and age appropriate norms. It is characterized by aggressive behavior wherein another is physically harmed, including cruelty towards animals, stealing or damaging another's property, deceitfulness, and behavior that interferes with normal social and academic achievement. It is important to get a realistic evaluation of the episodes of misconduct and for a trained professional to evaluate the seriousness of the behavior and its frequency.

The DSM-IV lists 2 types of conduct disorders based on age:

Childhood-Onset: under 10 years of age, generally males who exhibit physical aggressiveness towards others
Adolescent-Onset: prior to age 10, no indications of a serious conduct disorder and relationships with peers would be considered normal. These children will generally develop recurring conduct disorder or as an adult develop an antisocial personality disorder.

Conduct disorders may be divided into categories which specify when the conduct originates:

  1. solitary aggressive type- inappropriate physical behavior towards peers and adults
  2. group-conduct problems occur during group activities with peers.
  3. undifferentiated-children or adolescents who demonstrate mixed features of the conduct disorder

Diagnostic Criteria

Other Features of this Disorder

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