Conduct Disorder And Its Effects On Children And Adolescents

1178 Words Dec 9th, 2014 5 Pages
Conduct disorder (CD) is a disorder that primarily effects children and adolescents, with higher prevalence rates in males than females. (DSM-V). It is an issue that possibly affects more than 10% of the population of children worldwide (DSM-V, 2013). CD is defined as repetitive and persistent pattern of behavior in which the basic rights of others or major age-appropriate societal norms or rules are violated, as manifested by the presence of at least three variants and/or displays of these behaviors: aggression to people and animals, destruction of property, deceitfulness or theft, and/or serious violations of rules. The cause of this disorder has many different factors that could be said to contribute to its development those being temperamental, environmental, genetic, and/or physiological (DSM-V, 2013 pg 469-470).
Risk factors that may lead to the development of CD are parental rejection/neglect, inconsistent parenting practices, harsh discipline, parental criminality, association with delinquent peer groups, biological parents with bipolar disorder, biological parents with severe alcohol use disorder, biological parents with schizophrenia, and/or biological parents with a history of CD themselves (DSM-V). Unfortunately the symptoms of CD are so maladaptive they are often placed in residential treatment facilities (DSM-V). Additionally children labeled with this disorder often have run-ins with law enforcement (DSM-V, 2013).
In a study conducted by Holly E. Erskine,…
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