Delinquent or antisocial behavior; Externalizing behavior
Short Description or Definition
Conduct disorder (CD) is defined in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (5th ed.; DSM-5; American Psychiatric Association 2013) by a pattern of behavior that violates the rights of others or societal norms. Symptoms of CD involve aggression toward people or animals, destruction of property, deceitfulness or theft, and serious violations of rules. At least three symptoms must have been present in the last 12 months. The pattern of behavior represents a significant disruption in social function. The diagnosis may be specified “with limited prosocial emotions” if at least two of the following characteristics are noted: (1) lack of remorse or guilt, (2) callousness – lack of empathy, (3) unconcern about performance, or (4) shallow or deficient affect.
The disorder is classified with the disruptive, impulse-control, and conduct disorders in DSM-5.
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