What are the causes and consequences of conduct disorder?
The diagnosis of conduct disorder implies a multitude of potential criminal behaviors as well as numerous possible biological, psychiatric and social problems. Behaviors associated with conduct disorder can indicate very different underlying problems. There is often a mixture of biological and genetic vulnerabilities combined with significant environmental and individual characteristics. Neurobiological problems can include such things as motor delays, memory problems, language difficulties and other assorted learning disabilities. These deficits, especially if unrecognized, can contribute to problems with judgment, difficulty modulating and expressing feelings, increased anger and frustration, low self esteem and a sense of alienation. Physical, sexual and emotional abuse can also be contributing factors to the development of conduct disorder. Maternal rejection, early separation from parents without an adequate caregiver, and early institutionalization are all risk factors. Antisocia