Genesis Counseling Center
Conduct Disorders in Children and Teens

Conduct disorder refers to a group of behavioral and emotional problems 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 mentally ill.  Research shows that youngsters with conduct disorder are likely to have ongoing problems if they and their families do not receive early and comprehensive treatment.  Behavior therapy and psychotherapy are usually necessary to help the child appropriately express and control anger.  Treatment may also include medication in some youngsters, such as those with attention difficulties, impulse problems, or those with depression.  Comprehensive treatment should include: 

You may find additional information regarding conduct disorder online.  Suggested Internet resources are:

http://www.healthsystem.virginia.edu/UVAHealth/adult_mentalhealth/condis.cfm

http://mentalhealth.samhsa.gov/publications/allpubs/Ca-0010/default.asp