Conduct disorder (CD) refers to a set of problem behaviours exhibited by children and adolescents, which may involve the violation of a person, their rights or their property. It is characterised by aggression and, sometimes, law-breaking activities.
CD is one of a group of behavioural disorders known collectively as disruptive behaviour disorders. Early intervention and treatment is important, since children with untreated CD are at increased risk of developing a range of problems during their adult years including substance use, personality disorders and mental illnesses.
The characteristics of conduct disorder
Some of the typical behaviours of a child with CD may include:
- Refusal to obey parents or other authority figures
- Criminal behaviour such as Stealing, lighting fires, breaking into houses and vandalism
- Constantly lying
- Repeated Truancy
- Lack of empathy for others
- Deliberate cruelty to animals and/or humans
- Disregard for other people’s property and self
- Keenness to start physical fights
- Using weapons in physical fights
Source: Better Health Channel