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Parenting tied to conduct disorder

A parental history of antisocial behaviour and poor parenting seems to be associated with the development of conduct disorder in adolescent girls.

Parenting tied to conduct disorder

A parental history of antisocial behaviour and poor parenting seems to be associated with the development of conduct disorder in adolescent girls. Conduct disorder is a persistent pattern of violating rules and the rights of others through bullying, fighting, cruelty to people or animals, stealing, forcing sex, setting fires, destroying or breaking into property, running away, lying, truancy, or staying out without permission. A diagnosis requires the presence of three or more such behaviors for at least 12 months. To understand social characteristics associated with conduct disorder among girls, researchers from America compared 52 girls with conduct disorder and 41 girls with no psychiatric disorder. The participants were aged between 15 and 17 years. They and their parents completed questionnaires about neighbourhood, family characteristics, and parenting. It was found that conduct disorder among the girls was not significantly associated with neighbourhood characteristics or with family characteristics such as lower socioeconomic status and lower maternal age at birth. Rather the quality of family interactions and parents' history of antisocial behavior (such as conduct disorder as teens and criminality as adults) were the factors found to be most strongly associated with girls' conduct disorder. The above findings call for the need to understand the underlying mechanisms and devise new methods of treating girls with conduct disorder.
Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Mental Health
October 2008
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