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Date of Award

12-13-1999

Degree Type

Thesis (On-Campus Access Only)

Degree Name

Master of Science in Psychology

Committee Chair

Maryka Biaggio, PhD

Second Advisor

James Lane, PhD

Abstract

Conduct Disorder is a common diagnosis among adolescents and impacts a wide array of individuals. Unfortunately, current approaches to the assessment of Conduct Disorder are inadequate in terms of accuracy and comprehensiveness. This paper critically reviews the literature pertaining to assessment tools for the diagnosis of Conduct Disorder. The literature review reveals there are many weaknesses, including reliance on clinician variables, restriction of range of use, lack of attention to contextual factors and subclinical behaviors, lengthiness of administration of assessment devices, poor psychometric properties, and limited assessment of social competence. A more comprehensive, parsimonious, efficient, and sensitive multimodal system of assessment is suggested.

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