Conduct Disorder

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Conduct Disorder

Conduct disorder has four main groupings:

Typically there would have been three or more of the following behaviors in the past 12 months, with at least one in the past 6 months:

  • Aggressive conduct that causes or threatens physical harm to other people or animal
    • Often bullies, threatens, or intimidates others
    • Often initiates physical fights
    • Used a weapon that can cause serious physical harm to others (e.g., a bat, brick, broken bottle, knife, gun)
    • Has been physically cruel to people
    • Has been physically cruel to animals
    • Has stolen while confronting a victim (e.g., mugging, purse snatching, extortion, armed robbery)
    • Has forced someone into sexual activity
  • Non- aggressive conduct that causes property loss or damage
    • Deliberately engaged in fire setting with the intention of causing serious damage
    • Deliberately destroyed others' property (other than by fire setting)
  • Deceitfulness or theft
    • has broken into someone else's house, building, or car
    • often lies to obtain goods or favors or to avoid obligations (i.e., "cons" others)
    • has stolen items of nontrivial value without confronting a victim (e.g., shoplifting, but without breaking and entering; forgery)
  • Serious violations of rules
    • often stays out at night despite parental prohibitions, beginning before age 13 years
    • has run away from home overnight at least twice while living in parental or parental surrogate home (or once without returning for a lengthy period)
    • is often truant from school, beginning before age 13 years

Other Useful Links regarding Conduct Disorder

  • Course of Conduct Disorder
    • The onset of conduct disorder may occur as early as age 5 or 6, but more usually occurs in late childhood or early adolescence, learn more about the course of conduct disorder
  • Subtypes of Conduct Disorder
  • Causes of Conduct Disorder
    • Read more about the various causes of conduct disorder, including, biological, family, genetic, neurological, parent related, and school factors.
  • Treatment of Conduct Disorder
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