Title

Evidence-Based Assessment of Conduct Disorder: Current Considerations and Preparation for DSM-5

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2-1-2013

Department

Psychology

Abstract

This article provides a review of research on the etiological and developmental factors involved in child conduct problems broadly and conduct disorder (CD) specifically. The implications of this research for evidence-based assessment of CD are discussed, and an update to previous discussions of evidence-based assessment in anticipation of the fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) is provided. Assessments of persons with CD must be guided by research which points to the heterogeneity within those with the disorder in terms of the severity of their behavioral problems and potential causal factors. Assessments must also recognize the importance of developmental onset for the conceptualization and planning of interventions. The discussion also centers on the relative advantages and disadvantages of different informants and tools in the assessment process for children with conduct problems.

Publication Title

Professional Psychology: Research and Practice

Volume

44

Issue

1

First Page

56

Last Page

63