Pub. date: 2008 | Online Pub. Date: June 25, 2008 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412963978 | Print ISBN: 9781412909280 | Online ISBN: 9781412963978| Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
Sylvia J. Acosta & Lee A. Rosen
Conduct problems in children and adolescents are among the most common referrals to mental health agencies and are a leading cause for concern among family, social, and legal systems in the United States. Conduct problems can be defined as externalizing behaviors that are oppositional, defiant, aggressive, and/or antisocial, including verbal or physical violence, threatening or bullying, destruction of property, and other delinquent acts. The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fourth Edition, Text Revision, (DSM-IV-TR) , classifies problems of conduct in the broad category of Disorders Usually First Diagnosed in Infancy, Childhood, or Adolescence. The disorders attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (AD/HD), oppositional defiant disorder (ODD), and conduct disorder are included in the subcategory Attention-Deficit and Disruptive Behavior Disorders. Conduct disorder, as defined by the DSM-IV-TR , is a persistent and recurring pattern of behavior in which an individual violates the basic rights of others or major age-appropriate societal norms or ...