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Assessment of conduct disorder: An evaluation of current assessment instruments

13 December 1999


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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