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Conduct disorders are a complicated set of behavioral and emotional problems that afflict between nine percent of male boys and two percent of female girls Persistent aggression theft lying destruction and vandalism characterize the disorder Most of all the child or adolescent violates societal norms and the basic rights of others Appendix The etiology of the disorder is still in debate Some theories relate the disorder to inconsistent home lives a predisposition to the disorder modeling and operant conditioning theory and environmental factors Treatment is centered on helping the child control their anger parent interaction training cognitive problem solving skills and medications mostly for the other diagnosed disorders that accompany conduct disorder Prognosis is poor for this type of disorder especially if it is Child-onset type having 1 criteria before the age of 10 rather than Adolescent-onset type no criteria before the age of 10 in which the prognosis is guarded A Review of Conduct Disorder Introduction and Symptoms Conduct disorder is a complicated group of behavioral and emotional problems in children and adolescents The major feature of conduct disorder is a repetitive and persistent pattern in which the basic rights of others or major age-appropriate societal norms or rules are violated American Psychiatric Association APA 1994 p85 Children and adolescents diagnosed with this disorder display aggression towards peers and adults destroy property engage in vandalism theft and truancy Studies indicate that conduct disorders are the largest group of psychiatric illnesses in adolescents Often beginning before the teen years conduct disorders afflict approximately nine percent of boys and two percent of girls under the age of 18 Because the symptoms are closely related to socially unacceptable violent or criminal behavior many people confuse the illness with either juvenile delinquency or the turmoil of the teen years Symptoms and criteria for conduct disorder include intimidating others initiating fights using weapons while confronting a victim
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