Conduct Disorder: Diagnosis

According to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition (DSM-5), published in 2013, the diagnostic criteria for conduct disorder include a variety of problematic behaviors such as aggression, destruction of property, deceit/theft, and serious rule violations, and the diagnosis is given only to individuals younger than 18 years of age. The specific behaviors included within each of these broad areas can be quite varied among youth who meet the criteria for a diagnosis of conduct disorder. For example, aggressive behavior can include behaviors such as physical assault, bullying, verbal threats, cruelty to animals, or sexual coercion. For accurate diagnosis of conduct disorder, consideration of the varied forms of behavioral problems included in the diagnosis and the recognition of heterogeneity among the ...

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