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Introduction This paper shall examine the field of child psychology in respect to the topic of conduct disorder CD In child psychology conduct disorder is an extremely difficult subject to accurately address and clarify due primarily to the need to distinguish between normal childhood behaviors and the onset or development of an actual disorder Once a child matures to the stage where he or she is allowed into the school system however it becomes pressing to identify and clarify the presence of CD in order to better assess the behaviors of that child This paper shall investigate the issues and the psychological development of conduct disorder in both the childhood and the adolescent years The diagnosis of conduct disorder shall be compared and contrasted against oppositional defiant disorder ODD and the correlation that conduct disorder has with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder ADHD Standard medical definitions for these disorders as well as the growing body of literature on this field shall be included to better round out the discussion and to signify the impact of such disorders on children and adolescents Conduct Disorder Conduct disorder CD is defined by the American Association of Child and Adolescent Psychology AACA as Conduct disorder is a complicated group of behavioral and emotional problems in youngsters Children and adolescents with this disorder have great difficulty following rules and behaving in a socially acceptable way They are often viewed by other children adults and social agencies as bad or delinquent rather than mentally ill AACA 2000 The AACA then classifies the disorder through providing a list of behaviors that children suffering from CD often manifest in their daily activities which includes -Aggression to people and animals -Destruction of Property -Deceitfulness lying or stealing -Serious violations of rules The AACA defines and describes the extent and impact of such behaviors but then continues in suggesting that the primary hazard found in CD is not primarily due to the CD
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