Texas A&M University—Corpus Christ
May 23, 2011
Children with Conduct disorders are defined as a set of behavioral and emotional problems. This disorder affects between nine percent of male boys and two percent of female girls. The disorder is characterized by persistent aggression, theft, lying, destruction, vandalism, and most of the entire child or adolescent violates the norms and the basic rights of other people. Research has shown that children with conduct disorder are more likely to become known as the mean, bullies of the school or neighborhoods. Some theories relate the disorder to inconsistent home lives, modeling the behavior from someone else or environmental factors. The treatment for this disorder is centered on helping the child control their anger, parent interaction training, cognitive problem solving skills, and medications.
Conduct Disorder is defined as the repetitive and persistent pattern of behavior in which the basic rights of others are violated. It is also defined as a person doing harm to animals, against people, property, and it may be characterized as threatening another person, being physically cruel, deceitful, dishonest or disobedient. Some people that have conduct disorder may steal, do intentional harm or force another person to a sexual activity. “According to Merck’s Manual, the onset of conduct disorder is usually in late childhood or early adolescence”. It also appears to be more common in boys than girls. Children with this disorder have the tendisy to misread others and will misunderstand them believing they are trying to do harm to them, so their defense mechanisms kick in and they feel they have to protect themselves.