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Conduct Disorder

What is it?

Conduct Disorder is a serious behavioral and emotional disorder that can occur in children and teens.


A child with this disorder may display a pattern of disruptive and violent behavior and have problems following rules. 


Categorized as:  

  • Aggressive behavior: These behaviors threaten or cause physical harm and may include fighting, bullying, being cruel to others or animals, using weapons, and forcing another into sexual activity.

  • Destructive behavior involves intentional destruction of property, such as arson (deliberate fire-setting) and vandalism (harming another person's property).

  • Deceitful behavior may include repeated lying, shoplifting, or breaking into homes or cars to steal.

  • Violation of rules involves going against accepted rules of society or engaging in behavior that is not appropriate for the person's age. These behaviors may include running away, skipping school, playing pranks, or being sexually active at a very young age.

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