Conduct Disorder

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Conduct disorder represents a wide range of anti-social behaviorsmostly in children and adolescents. Therapists consider the family asthe greatest contributor to children’s conduct disorder due to poorparenting skills, lack of appreciation, and unsatisfying familyrelationship (Carr, 2000). Therefore, while treating children withconduct disorder, therapists try as much as possible to forgelong-lasting remedies that are family-based.

The first remedy for the condition involves enhancing cooperationbetween children and their parents. Such an association reduces thechances of parent employing punitive and coercive methods in thefamily, and it gives room for children to express themselves to theirparents. It also falls on the shoulders of the parents to provide thebasic needs for their children (Sholevar, 2001). Research shows thatchildren who do not meet all the basic requirements may feel left outby their peers, and they are likely to develop anti-social behavior(Carr, 2000).

Hoagwood et al. (2014) note that parents with behavioral problems,for example, drug and substance abuse make their children susceptibleto conduct disorder. Children from such backgrounds cannot fullyrecover without addressing the condition of their parents Hoagwood,2014). Mental therapists, therefore, have to employ a comprehensivefamily treatment for both the children and the parents. Parents withthe right behavior can adequately supervise their children sincesupervision is one of the treatment methods.

A notable aspect of the sources used is that they focus on the roleof the parents in promoting the safety of their children to eitherprotect or help them recover from conduct disorder. They do not pointout whether children play an important role towards their recovery.For children with the capacity to make decisions, for example, theadolescents, outlining their role in their recovery would make thetreatment more comprehensive.


Carr, A. (2000).Evidence Based Practice in Family Therapy and Systemic Consultation:Child Focused Problems. Journal of Family Therapy, 22 (1),29-60.

Hoagwood, K., Burns,B. J., Kiser, L., Ringeisen, H., &amp Schoenwald, S. K. (2014).Evidence-Based Practice in Child and Adolescent Mental HealthHervices. Psychiatric Services.

Sholevar, G. P.(2001). Family Therapy for s. Child and AdolescentPsychiatric Clinics of North America, 10(3), 501-517.

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