Asked by Baswini Reddy on Feb 18, 2024



Describe the diagnostic criteria for conduct disorder, according to the DSM-5.

Conduct Disorder

Syndrome marked by chronic disregard for the rights of others, including specific behaviors such as stealing, lying, and engaging in acts of violence.

  • Identifying the key features and symptoms of conduct disorder
  • Recognizing the importance of age of onset and duration of symptoms in diagnosing conduct disorder
  • Understanding the diagnostic criteria for conduct disorder according to the DSM-5

Verified Answer

Nicole Neish

Feb 18, 2024

Final Answer :
Key terms and concepts that may be included in student responses:
▪ A repetitive and persistent pattern of behavior in which the basic rights of others or major age-appropriate societal norms or rules are violated, with the presence of at least three of the following 15 criteria (grouped into four main areas)in the past 12 months, with at least one in the past 6 months:
▪ Aggression to people and/or animals-often bullies, threatens or intimidates others; often initiates physical fights; has used a weapon that can cause serious physical harm to others; has been physically cruel to people and/or animals; has stolen while confronting a victim; has forced someone into sexual activity
▪ Destruction of property-has deliberately engaged in fire setting with the intention of causing serious damage; has deliberately destroyed others' property (other than by fire setting)
▪ Deceitfulness or theft-has broken into someone else's house, building, or car; often lies to obtain goods or favors or to avoid obligations (i.e., cons others); has stolen items of nontrivial value without confronting the victim (e.g., shoplifting, but without breaking and entering; forgery)
▪ Serious violations of rules-often stays out at night despite parental prohibitions, beginning before age 13 years; has run away from home overnight at least twice while living in a parental or parental surrogate home (or once without returning for a lengthy period); is often truant from school, beginning before age 13 years
▪ The disturbance in behavior causes clinically significant impairment in social, academic, or occupational functioning
▪ If the individual is age 18 years or older, criteria are not met for antisocial personality disorder