Compare & Contrast - Conduct Disorders

Compare & Contrast - Conduct Disorders - To examine...

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To examine the field of child psychology in respect to the topic of conduct disorder (CD) is a great dilemma. In child psychology, conduct disorder is an extremely difficult subject to accurately address and clarify, due primarily to the need to distinguish between normal childhood behaviors and the development of an actual disorder. Once a child matures to the stage where he/she is allowed into the school system, however, it becomes critical to identify and clarify the presence of CD in order to better assess the behaviors of that child. Also, to investigate the issues and the psychological development of conduct disorder in both the childhood and the adolescent years is extremely difficult. The diagnosis of conduct disorder against oppositional defiant disorder (ODD) and the connection that conduct disorder has with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is an immense topic nowadays. Conduct disorder (CD) is defined by the American Association of Child and Adolescent Psychology (AACA) as: “’Conduct disorder’ is a complicated group of behavioral and emotional problems in youngsters. Children and adolescents with this disorder have great difficulty following rules and behaving in a socially acceptable way. They are often viewed by other children, adults and social agencies as "bad" or delinquent, rather than mentally ill.” The AACA then classifies the disorder through providing a list of behaviors that children suffering from CD often manifest in their daily activities, which includes: Aggression to people and animals Destruction of property Deceitfulness, lying, or stealing Serious violations of rules
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The AACA defines and describes the extent and impact of such behaviors, but then continues in suggesting that the primary hazard found in CD is not primarily due to the CD itself, but rather due to the additional disorders that frequently accompany a manifestation of CD. The research on conduct disorder strongly cautions that the problems found within CD are not strictly manifested by the child, but rather can be
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This note was uploaded on 05/04/2008 for the course ENG 1000C taught by Professor Roeder during the Spring '08 term at St. Johns Duplicate.

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