5 - 7% of all children in the UK are affected by conduct disorder. Conduct disorder is about four times more common in boys than girls.
Causes of conduct disorder
- Conduct disorder applies to children whose behaviour at home or at school is impaired by constant conflict with adults and other children.
- In adolescents it can go to antisocial extremes and may lead to exclusion from school or trouble with the law.
- Several factors can interact to result in conduct disorder including individual, genetic, physical and environmental.
Symptoms of conduct disorder
- Symptoms include fighting and physical cruelty, destructiveness, lying and stealing and truancy (including running away from home).
Treatments for conduct disorder
- Behaviour therapy, including role play, rehearsal and practice.
- Psychotherapy, particularly to help with anger management.
- Educational support for learning disabilities.
- Counselling of parents, e.g. helping them to manage at home.
- Medication for ADHD and / or depression.