For more information, see Conduct Disorder

Diagnostic Criteria

A. A repetitive and persistent pattern of aggressive conduct in which the basic rights of others are violated, as manifested by either of the following:

  1. physical violence against persons or property (not to defend someone else or oneself), e.g., vandalism, rape, breaking and entering, fire-setting, mugging, assault
  2. thefts outside the home involving confrontation with a victim (e.g., extortion, purse-snatching, armed robbery)

B. Evidence of social attachment to others as indicated by at least two of the following behavior patterns:

  1. has one or more peer-group friendships that have lasted over six months
  2. extends himself or herself for others even when no immediate advantage is likely
  3. apparently feels guilt or remorse when such a reaction is appropriate (not just when caught or in difficulty)
  4. avoids blaming or informing on companions
  5. shows concern for the welfare of friends or companions

C. Duration of pattern of aggressive conduct of at least six months.

D. If 18 or older, does not meet the criteria for Antisocial Personality Disorder.


See Conduct Disorder

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