Assessment of conduct disorder (CD) is a critical element of the treatment process, since a thorough analysis of a child or adolescent’s psychosocial strengths and needs guides intervention planning (Frick, 1998b). Although many of the symptoms associated with CD may seem obvious, in a study of clinicians’ diagnosis of antisocial behavior based on case vignettes it was found that the consistency of diagnosis was affected by context, and varied by profession, with social workers seeming particularly reluctant to use a CD diagnosis (Kirk & Hsieh, 2004). To accurately diagnose antisocial behavior, when assessing CD, it is important to use measurement techniques that consider the age and the cognitive level of the child being tested. Since CD frequently involves multiple causes and a heterogeneous group of behaviors that range in type and severity, the choices of treatment strategies may be narrowed using the information gleaned in the measurement of antisocial symptoms (American Psychiatric Association, 2000).
KeywordsConduct Disorder Antisocial Behavior Oppositional Defiant Disorder Conduct Disorder Oppositional Defiant Disorder
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