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Conduct Disorder: Risk for

A diagnosis of conduct disorder (CD) reflects a persistent pattern of behavior in which the basic rights of others or major age-appropriate societal norms or rules are violated. This delinquent behavior can manifest itself through aggression toward people or animals, destruction of property, deceitfulness or theft, or serious rule violations (i.e., staying out past curfew, running away from home, school truancy). Childhood-onset type, indicating the presence of at least one symptom prior to the age of 10 years, as compared with adolescent-onset type, indicating the first appearance of symptomatology at or following age 10 years, is often associated with greater severity and stability. A growing body of research has examined and identified risk factors for a CD diagnosis, spanning the individual, familial, neighborhood, and school ...

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