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Conduct Disorders in Children and Adolescents

Edited by G. Pirooz Sholevar, M.D.

  • ISBN 978-0-88048-517-3
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Conduct disorder is the most prevalent emotional disorder in children and adolescents, and therefore requires special attention from clinicians. Conduct Disorders in Children and Adolescents is first in providing a comprehensive and balanced view of this field. It addresses the biological, psychological, and interpersonal aspects of aggressive behavior and conduct disorders, and includes the most current clinical research.

Conduct Disorders in Children and Adolescents first examines the phenomenology, etiology, and diagnosis of conduct disorders, then describes therapeutic and preventive interventions. It covers the range of treatments now available, including individual, family, group, and behavior therapy; hospitalization; and residential treatment. Special chapters address the new therapeutic interventions of pharmacotherapy and parent management training.


  • Overview, Etiology, and Assessment.

    Overview. Psychobiology. Aggression and its stability through the life cycle. Co-morbidity. Rating scales. Murderous actions by children: association with conduct disorders. Sexual perpetration by children and adolescents. Commentary on sexual perpetration.

    Treatment and Prevention.

    Psychotherapy: what to do until the ego comes? Manual-based psychotherapy. Family interventions. Parent management training. Group therapy. Behavior therapy. Pharmacotherapy. Hospitalization and inpatient treatment. Residential treatment. Prevention. New directions for research. Conclusion and future direction. Index.

About the Authors

G. Pirooz Sholevar, M.D., F.A.P.A., is Professor and Chair, Department of Psychiatry at Cooper Hospital/University Medical Center, Robert Wood Johnson Medical Center in Camden, New Jersey. He is President of the Philadelphia Academy of Family Psychiatry.

[A] useful reference for people working with children and adolescents presenting with conduct disorders, particularly those seeking to develop and research their own treatment strategies.—British Journal of Psychiatry

This substantial volume of a dozen and a half contributions should be welcomed for its comprehensive synthesis of current knowledge.—Bulletin of the Menninger Clinic

This work provides a comprehensive view of an area that has confronted, from the birth of our fields, child psychiatrists and other mental health professionals concerned with caring for disturbed youngsters. Acknowledged experts have crafted the component chapters for easy and fluid reading.—Theodore A. Petti, M.D., M.P.H., Arthur B. Richter Professor of Child Psychiatry, Indiana University School of Medicine

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