Conduct Disorder and Offending Behaviour in Young People: Findings from Research

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Offending behaviour in young people is a problem not only for affected neighbours and communities; it is also a serious problem for the young people involved. Behaviour problems and involvement in criminal activities have been linked to continued offending, substance misuse, lack of education and work - all factors that are linked, in turn, with shorter life expectancy. This book reviews the literature on a number of techniques and treatment approaches designed for use with adolescent conduct disorder and young offenders. The authors also provide an overview of the condition including its developmental pathway; the criteria for diagnosing conduct disorder, and services for adolescents.

Conduct disorder and offending behaviour in young people are complex problems that need multi-agency, multifaceted solutions. This book aims to contribute to the design of services by drawing on a wide range of high-quality research, and presents it for the non-specialist. It is essential reading for child and adolescent mental health practitioners, social workers, youth offending teams and other professionals working with young people with conduct problems and their families.

About the Author:
Kristin Liabo is a research fellow in the Social Science Research Unit at the Institute of Education, London, UK

About the Author:
Joanna Richardson is now an analyst for the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE), London, UK

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781843105084
  • Publisher: Kingsley, Jessica Publishers
  • Publication date: 6/15/2007
  • Series: Child and Adolescent Mental Health Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 144
  • Product dimensions: 6.31 (w) x 9.13 (h) x 0.37 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements     8
Preface     9
Introduction     11
Overview of Conduct Disorder     13
Definitions and terminology     13
Prevalence     15
Long-term outlook     16
Young People With More Than One Disorder (Comorbidity)     17
Oppositional defiant disorder (ODD)     18
Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)     18
Depression     19
Suicide     19
Substance abuse     19
Learning disabilities     20
Aetiology and Developmental Pathways     21
Individual factors     22
Family factors     23
School factors     25
Protective factors     26
Prevention     29
Measuring and Assessing Problem Behaviour     32
Measures used in the included studies     34
Services for Adolescents     36
The Research Base - Techniques for Treating Conduct Disorder and Treatment Approaches for Young Offenders     41
Individual Programmes     45
Cognitive behaviour therapy     45
Conclusion     54
Family and Parenting Interventions     56
Family therapy     56
Multisystemic treatment (MST)     59
Parent management training (PMT)     62
Foster care interventions     64
Barriers to successful family-based treatments     68
Conclusion     69
School-based Interventions     71
Conclusion     76
Pharmacology     78
Psychostimulants     78
Neuroleptics     79
Lithium carbonate     80
Anticonvulsants     81
Other compounds     82
Conclusion     82
Interventions for Young People Involved in Firesetting and Arson     84
Other Treatments for Conduct Disorder     86
Treatment Approaches for Young Offenders     87
The Research Evidence     87
Interventions with a strong backing from research     91
Interventions with some backing from research     94
Harmful interventions and interventions of no effect     95
Conclusion     96
Summary of Key Issues     97
Key findings     98
Limitations of current research     100
Diagnostic Criteria for Conduct Disorder     101
Useful Terms for Understanding and Assessing Research     104
Search Strategy     112
Critical Appraisal     115
Resources     121
References     124
Subject Index     138
Author Index     140
About FOCUS     143
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