Disruptive, Impulse-Control, and Conduct Disorders

In this unit, you will review disruptive, impulse-control, and conduct disorders.
Clients who present with symptoms of disruptive, impulse-control, or conduct disorders have difficulty controlling their emotions and behaviors that violate the rights of other others or conflict with societal norms or authority figures. These disorders typically manifest in childhood or adolescence, are more common in males, and co-occur with substance-use and antisocial personality disorder. During the assessment phase, it is important to gather clinical data about the client’s childhood environment since emotional trauma, harsh, inconsistent child-rearing practices, and physical and sexual abuse are risk factors for some of the disruptive, impulse-control, and conduct disorders.
To successfully complete this learning unit, you will be expected to:
1. Discuss the assessment and diagnosis of conduct disorder and oppositional defiant disorder.
2. Identify biological and psychosocial factors that contribute to the development and progression of conduct disorder and oppositional defiant disorder in children and adolescents.

Learning Activities
Unit 8 Study 1
Studies Readings
Use your Abnormal Psychology text to complete the following:
• Read “Conduct Disorder and Oppositional Defiant Disorder,” pages 321–329 from Chapter 11.
DSM-5 Review
Review the main diagnoses of the following chapters from Section II:
• “Disruptive, Impulse-Control, and Conduct Disorders,” pages 461–480.
Optional – Readings
Refer to Optional Readings for Principles of Psychopathology for a list of additional articles about the mental disorders and current issues regarding assessment, diagnosis, and treatment we are studying in this unit.
Unit 8 – Sexual Dysfunctions, Gender Dysphoria, and Disruptive, Impulse-Control, and Conduct Disorders
Moffitt, T. E., Arseneault, L., Jaffee, S. R., Kim-Cohen, J., Koenen, K. C., Odgers, C. L., . . . Viding, E. (2008). Research review: DSM–V conduct disorder: Research needs for an evidence base. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 49(1), 3–33.

Discussion 1: 1 page needed with minimum of 250 words and 2 references.
Assessing Conduct and Oppositional Defiant Disorders
Review the case study beginning on page 323 of the Abnormal Psychology text and respond to the following questions:
1. List 2–3 questions you would want to ask Jeremy and his mother during your assessment, considering the biological and social risk factors for conduct and oppositional defiant disorders.
2. Discuss the psychosocial and environmental problems (V and Z codes) that would be important to consider when formulating your treatment plan for Jeremy.
3. List at least two treatment goals for Jeremy and provide a rationale for each one. How do the treatment goals relate to Jeremy’s presenting problem?
Support your ideas with references to the course texts, articles from this learning unit, articles from the Optional Readings for Principles of Psychopathology list, or articles from peer-reviewed journals that you locate in the library.


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