- Recall that aggressive, oppositional and antisocial behaviors are externalizing behaviors and therefore, conduct disorder is an externalizing disorder.
- Learn that conduct disordered behavior can be quite varied and can be grouped by age of onset, overt versus covert, or destructive-nondestructive continuums.
- Understand that oppositional defiant disorder is a pattern of negativistic, hostile and defiant behavior and may precede a diagnosis of conduct disorder where the youth violates the basic rights of others and/or societal norms.
- Know that males are diagnosed with conduct disorder more frequently, but females can also be quite aggressive. Females are more likely to engage in relational forms of aggression such as spreading rumors or excluding others socially.
- Grasp the link between antisocial behavior, bullying and substance abuse.
- Become aware that while adolescent onset conduct disorder is more common, childhood onset conduct disorder is more persistent and is associated with more negative outcomes.
- Review the hypothesized causes of conduct disorder which include socioeconomic status/disadvantage, modeling, family variables, peer rejection or negative peers, social information processing and problem solving deficits and biological influences.
- Realize the pharmacological treatments are typically used to treat comorbid diagnoses such as ADHD or depression.
- See that parent management training is one of most successful approaches and can include broader aspects such as cognitive restructuring and skill building in the child.
- Acknowledge that functional family therapy combines cognitive behavioral and family systems therapy.
- Accept that community based programs often work to change the family system and may involve foster care programs.
- Discover that multisystemic therapy addresses family, peer, school, neighborhood, and community problems and has empirical support.