Conduct disorders refer to a group of behavioral and emotional issues in youngsters. Children and adolescents with this disorder have great difficulty following rules and behaving in a socially acceptable way. They are often viewed by other children, adults and social agencies as “bad” or delinquent, rather than having a serious disorder. Many factors may contribute to a child developing conduct disorder, including brain damage, child abuse or neglect, genetic vulnerability, school failure, and traumatic life experiences.
Children or adolescents with conduct disorder may exhibit some of the following behaviors:
Aggression to people and animals
Destruction of Property
Deceitfulness, lying, or stealing
Serious violations of social rules
Treatment is rarely brief since establishing new attitudes and patterns takes time. However, early treatment offers a child a better chance for considerable improvement and hope for a more successful future.
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