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Externalizing Disorders

Externalizing disorders are those that involve a set of negative behaviors exhibited externally (i.e., toward the environment) that result from deficits in behavioral, emotional, and/or cognitive regulation and that negatively affect the individual with the disorder and oftentimes other individuals around them. These disorders occur in both males and females but, in general, tend to be more common in males. This entry covers disorders in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition (DSM-5), that can be classified as externalizing disorders and that can be diagnosed in both children/adolescents and adults. Disorders that have significant externalizing behaviors as part of their symptomatic presentation are also discussed. The entry concludes with a brief overview of evidence-based interventions for externalizing disorders.

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