Conduct Disorder

Conduct Disorder : 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. He or she 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.


A conduct disorder is more common in boys than in girls. It is also more likely to develop in children or teens who come from homes that are:

  • Disadvantaged

  • Dysfunctional
  • Disorganized

Children with these mental health problems are also more likely to have conduct disorder:

  • Mood or anxiety disorders
  • Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Substance abuse
  • Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
  • Learning problems

Children or teens who are considered to have a difficult temperament are more likely to develop behavior problems.