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Conduct Disorder

Elizabeth K. Reynolds, Ph.D., Carisa Perry-Parrish, Ph.D.
Conduct Disorder is a topic covered in the Johns Hopkins Psychiatry Guide.

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  • Disorder of childhood and adolescence characterized by a repetitive and persistent pattern of behavior in which the basic rights of others or major age-appropriate societal norms or rules are violated
  • Conduct Disorder is classified under the Disruptive, Impulse-Control, and Conduct Disorders section of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 5th Edition (DSM-5)[1].
    • In legal settings, a provider may be asked whether the actual DSM-5 criteria are met; please see the DSM-5 itself for a detailed list of the criteria.
    • The major categories utilized by the DSM-5 for diagnosis are: aggression to people and animals, destruction of property, deceitfulness or theft, and serious violations of the rules.
  • Antisocial personality disorder diagnosis often includes evidence of conduct disorder in youth.

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Last updated: September 6, 2017


Reynolds, Elizabeth K, and Carisa Perry-Parrish. "Conduct Disorder." Johns Hopkins Psychiatry Guide, 2017. Johns Hopkins Guide, www.hopkinsguides.com/hopkins/view/Johns_Hopkins_Psychiatry_Guide/787092/all/Conduct_Disorder.
Reynolds EK, Perry-Parrish C. Conduct Disorder. Johns Hopkins Psychiatry Guide. 2017. https://www.hopkinsguides.com/hopkins/view/Johns_Hopkins_Psychiatry_Guide/787092/all/Conduct_Disorder. Accessed August 19, 2019.
Reynolds, E. K., & Perry-Parrish, C. (2017). Conduct Disorder. In Johns Hopkins Psychiatry Guide. Available from https://www.hopkinsguides.com/hopkins/view/Johns_Hopkins_Psychiatry_Guide/787092/all/Conduct_Disorder
Reynolds EK, Perry-Parrish C. Conduct Disorder [Internet]. In: Johns Hopkins Psychiatry Guide. ; 2017. [cited 2019 August 19]. Available from: https://www.hopkinsguides.com/hopkins/view/Johns_Hopkins_Psychiatry_Guide/787092/all/Conduct_Disorder.
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