Conduct Disorder

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Conduct Disorder
Samantha Nitcher
Pittsburg State University

Conduct Disorder
Description and Behaviors of the Disorder Conduct disorder is described as a child or adolescent who has experienced abuse in the past or is presently experiencing it and is starting to show one or all of the following behaviors: impetuous behavior, drug use, and criminal activity (A.D.A.M., 2011). Other behaviors that might start to show include: aggression to people and animals, destruction of property, deceitfulness, lying or stealing, and violation of rules (AACAP, 2012).
Diagnosing
As stated in the DSM-IV by the American Academy of Family Physicians, there are an abundant amount of things that could fit the criteria for conduct disorder. Some examples are a person who bullies people or animals, has a weapon that could seriously harm someone or something, has forced someone into sexual activity, has destroyed other people’s property, has shoplifted, stays out even though parents say not to, runs away from home, and many more (AAFP, 2001). Other forms of diagnosing include obtaining a detailed history of the child’s behavior which is provided by anyone who comes in contact with that child, just observing the child, or even conducting psychological tests (Hopkins).
There are two subtypes of conduct disorder. The first one is childhood onset and the second is adolescent onset. Between the two of these, the childhood onset is by far the worst one. Childhood onset is labeled as the child having at least one conduct disorder behavior before they reach the age of ten. In most cases these children are males, have concerning peer relationships, and meet full criteria of conduct disorder before they reach their puberty years. In these children these symptoms are more likely to persist throughout their adulthood, whereas many of them tend to develop antisocial personality disorder as…...

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