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Encyclopedia of Psychology Alan E. Kazdin, PhD, Editor-in-Chief

CONDUCT DISORDER. Child conduct disorder (CD) is composed of a diverse array of troublesome antisocial acts. As noted in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, the essential feature of CD is “a repetitive and persistent pattern of behavior in which the basic rights of others or major age-appropriate societal norms or rules are violated” (American Psychiatric Association, 1994, p. 85). The 15 behaviors included in this category fall into four groupings: (I) aggressive conduct that causes or threatens physical harm to other people or animals, (2) nonaggressive conduct that causes property loss or damage, (3) deceitfulness or theft, and (4) serious violations of rules.

Thus, there is emerging evidence that multiple risk factors or correlates of CD may respond to preventive interventions. Yet the long-term evidence for preventive interventions is still under investigation, and important questions exist as to which are the most effective components and when is the optimal time to intervene.

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