Conduct disorder is a type of behavior disorder. It’s when a child has antisocial behavior. He or she may disregard basic social standards and rules.
- Children may also:
- Be irresponsible
- Skip school or run away (delinquent behavior)
- Steal or do other things to violate the rights of others
- Physically harm animals or other people, such as committing assault or rape
- These behaviors sometimes happen together. But one or more may occur without the others.
- Experts believe that many factors play a role in conduct disorder. These are:
- Brain damage
- A traumatic event
- Child abuse
- Past school failure
- Social problems
- Some children with conduct disorders seem to have a problem in the frontal lobe of the brain. This interferes with a child’s ability to plan, stay away from harm, and learn from negative experiences.
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