A diagnosis of Conduct Disorder (CD) is used to describe those children and adolescents whorepeatedly engage in antisocial acts such as hostility to others, an unwillingness to follow adult directives, defiance, and the deliberate breaking of rules and regulations. 

Behaviors are divided into four categories:

  • Aggressive Behavior
  • Physically harm or threaten to harm people or animals; frequent fighting; use intimidation to bully or take things from others
  • Non-Aggressive Behavior
  • Deface/destroy others property for fun or revenge
  • Deceitful Behaviors
  • Lie, break promises, shoplift, steal cars, break into cars/houses
  • Rule Violations
  • Fail to comply with adult directives; knowingly break rules; run away from home; truant/skip schoolHow does Conduct Disorder impact classroom performance? Students who find themselves in trouble due to these behaviors often miss out on classroom instruction due to suspensions and/or skipping school. As well, it is difficult for students with this disorder to develop trusting relationships with responsible adults such as their teachers. 

What can be done at school? 

  • Develop and post school-wide and specific-setting expectations for student behavior
  • Teach expectations and reinforce appropriate behavior through school-wide incentive programs
  • Build a hierarchy of negative consequences
  • Adopt a bully prevention program
  • Attempt to establish and maintain a positive and trusting relationship with the student
  • Conduct a Functional Behavior Analysis to develop prevention strategies and effective consequences