Conduct and Attentional Problems

  • Robert D. Lyman
  • Toni L. Hembree-Kigin
Part of the Issues in Clinical Child Psychology book series (ICCP)


One of the most frequent concerns expressed by parents of preschool-age children referred to mental health clinics is conduct problem behavior (Gordon, Schroeder, & Hawk, 1992). Conduct problems in young children include noncompliance, destructive behavior, overactivity, physical and verbal aggression, and deliberate cruelty toward animals. Preschoolers appear to progress from less serious to more serious behavior problems more rapidly than do older children (Loeber, Green, Lahey, Christ, & Frick, 1992), and their problems are accompanied by significant familial stress. In fact, parents of conduct problem preschoolers report parenting stress levels comparable to those found in parents of children with pervasive developmental disorders such as autism (Donenberg & Baker, 1993). Difficult child behavior and inadequate parental coping resources place these families at risk for developing abusive parenting practices (Abidin, 1990).


Conduct Problem Disruptive Behavior Stimulant Medication Attentional Problem Social Skill Rate System 
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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1994

Authors and Affiliations

  • Robert D. Lyman
    • 1
  • Toni L. Hembree-Kigin
    • 2
  1. 1.University of AlabamaTuscaloosaUSA
  2. 2.Early Childhood Mental Health ServicesTempeUSA

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