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Multiple Problem Behavior - DSM Conduct Problems (DSMC) - Conduct Disorder « Problem Behaviors « Surveys/Scales « Downloads

Date postedFebruary 2, 2012
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This 17-item scale can be used to assess conduct problems based on the items that form the criteria for a DSM-III-R for conduct disorder (American Psychiatric Association, 1987). See Rotheram-Borus et al. (1995) for a similar use of this scale. The scale is only an index of conduct problems, and is not meant to be used as diagnostic instrument.

After the age of 18, a conduct disorder may develop into antisocial personality disorder:

Rotheram-Borus, M.J., Rosario, M., VanRossem, R., Reid, H., & Gillis, R. (1995). Prevalence, course, and predictors of multiple problem behaviors among gay and bisexual male adolescents. Developmental Psychology, 31, 75-85.

American Psychiatric Association. (1987). Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (3rd. ed., rev.). Washington, DC: American Psychiatric Association.

Atkins, McKay, Talbott, and Arvanitis (1996). DSM-IV Diagnosis of Conduct Disorder and Oppositional Defiant Disorder: Implications and Guidelines for School Mental Health Teams. School Psychology Review, 25 (3).

The internal consistency of the items in a sample of gay/bisexual youth was .74.