Conduct disorder is a mental health diagnosis characterized by deviant behaviors among children and adolescents, classified as one of the disruptive behavior disorders. Also described as juvenile delinquency, conduct disorder is marked by cruelty and deprivation of others’ rights. This entry provides a description of conduct disorder and how it is diagnosed and manifested, outlines risk factors for the disorder, and concludes with a discussion of some of the various treatments currently in use.


At first glance, the consistent rule-breaking behaviors represented by conduct disorder are arguably similar to those of oppositional defiant disorder (ODD). Both conduct disorder and ODD feature trouble with authority figures and deviation from prescribed rules. In fact, disruption and impulsive behavior are common among adolescents with other mood, impulse, and developmental ...

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