Research Methods & Program Evaluation
According to the DSM-IV, antisocial personality disorder diagnosis requires conduct disorder to be presented before the age of 15. However, antisocial personality behavior is not diagnosable before the age of 18. Recent studies have suggested that early-onset alcohol abuse is found to be a relevant cause to the effects of conduct disorder and antisocial behavior. Adolescent alcohol abuse intensifies the influence of childhood conduct disorder and early adult antisocial personality disorder. This particular study would test whether this result would simplify any true findings of early-onset alcohol abuse …show more content…
Any diagnosis of antisocial personality disorder requires a diagnosis of conduct disorder before the age of 15 and three or more types of adult antisocial behavior, such as unlawful behavior, or deceitfulness. The DSM-IV explains conduct disorder to be a “repetitive and persistent pattern in which the basic rights of others or major age appropriate societal norms or rules are violated” (p. …show more content…
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