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Unformatted text preview: 4 How many children have conduct disorder? y 9% of children by age 16 y 14% of boys y 3.8% of girls y What happens to these youth as they grow older? y Most youth do not have conduct problems as adults y The more seriously disturbed youth (higher number of criteria, little remorse for actions) often have adjustment problems and/or criminal behavior as adults 5 Assessment y For many of these youth, very difficult for parents to tell difference between normal acting up and behavioral disorder y Requires careful inventory of diagnosis criteria y Individual, situational and support system assessment y Instruments often used: The Connor Behavior Rating Scales 6 8/4/2009 3 Treatment alternativesthe good news! y Cognitive Behavioral Therapy y Specialized intensive family therapy y Substance abuse treatment as needed y Medications not helpful and no evidence of effectiveness 7...
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