For more information, see Conduct Disorder

Diagnostic Criteria

A. A repetitive and persistent pattern of nonaggressive conduct in which either the basic rights of others or major age-appropriate societal norms or rules are violated, as manifested by any of the following:

  1. chronic violations of a variety of important rules (that are reasonable and age-appropriate for the child) at home or at school (e.g., persistent truancy, substance abuse)
  2. repeated running away from home overnight
  3. persistent serious lying in and out of the home
  4. stealing not involving confrontation with a victim

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 nonaggressive 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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