A. A repetitive and persistent pattern of behavior in which the basic rights of others or major age-appropriate societal norms or rules are violated, as manifested by the presence of three (or more) of the following criteria in the past 12 months, with at least one criterion present in the past 6 months:
Aggression to people and animals
Destruction of property
Deceitfulness or theft
Serious violations of rules
B. The disturbance in behavior causes clinically significant impairment in social, academic, or occupational functioning.
C. If the individual is age 18 years or older, criteria are not met for Antisocial Personality Disorder.
Specify type based on age at onset:
Conduct disorder is identified by serious behavior that often includes dangerous activities, the destruction of property, breaking the law, or hurting people or animals. At least 3 incidences of this type of behavior need to have happened in the last year to qualify.
The exact cause of conduct disorder is not known, but has strong roots in environment, biology, and the psychological upbringing and well being of the individual. It is suggested to develop a healthy relationship with a therapist to uncover possible reasons if you are struggling with conduct disorder.
The following are a list of possible factors that cause conduct disorder: