University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
Place of Publication
Conduct Disorder is a developmental disorder characterized by clinically significant and culturally unexpected aggressive and antisocial behaviors. While much work has focused on the numerous predisposing genetic, neurobiological, psychological, and environmental risk factors for Conduct Disorder, its causal mechanisms, several developmental trajectories, and interacting risks have still yet to be properly elucidated within the context of these factors. With the aim of integrating the literature’s current understanding of Conduct Disorder, we searched APA PsycNet and Google Scholar using a scoping review to select peer-reviewed articles relating to age of onset, presentation, trajectory, persistence, and outcomes of Conduct Disorder. Of the 29 papers found, abstract screening and full text review identified 21 relevant peer-reviewed articles. When taken together and critically examined from a developmentally informed perspective, this holistic review of the literature highlights age of onset and persistence as important influences of disorder trajectory and outcome. The vast heterogeneity of Conduct Disorder should be given greater weight in future research, diagnosis, and early intervention efforts.
McHardy, Bobby R. J. W. and Seeds, Pamela M.
"Toward a holistic understanding of conduct disorder across the lifespan,"
Modern Psychological Studies: Vol. 28:
2, Article 1.
Available at: https://scholar.utc.edu/mps/vol28/iss2/1