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Conduct Disorder and Co-Occurring Substance Abuse

The prevalence, perniciousness of impairment, short- and long-term consequences, and personally and societally consequential nature of the combination of adolescent substance abuse and conduct disorder are major public health challenges. Longitudinal studies reveal how adolescent mental health and substance use disorders foretell serious problems in young adulthood. With a focus on conduct disorder (CD), this entry describes the characteristics of CD, examines the comorbidity of CD and substance use with other mental health problems, reviews empirically based treatments, and discusses future research.

Conduct Disorder

CD is characterized by a pervasive pattern of disregard for others and social conventions, demonstrated by a pattern of aggressive, deceptive, and destructive behavior that usually begins in childhood or adolescence. CD symptoms have the distinction of being the primary presenting problems ...

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