Conduct Disorders in Youth

Conduct Disorders in Youth

1st Edition - January 1, 1979

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  • Author: Lourens Schlebusch
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483182858

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Conduct Disorders in Youth deals with the maladaptive behavior, delinquency and other forms of waywardness in youth. It features significant contributions from the research literature relating to the subject in general and to the South African situation in particular. This book is organized into three main parts. The chapters evaluate the usefulness of some psychological tests such as the I PAT Anxiety Scale Questionnaire, the Children's Personality Questionnaire (CPQ) and the High School Personality Questionnaire (HSPQ) as diagnostic instruments. They also provide an inventory of behavioral characteristics that can help in identifying symptoms of conduct disorders. This book also features a detailed discussion of two clinical case histories to exemplify the main points formulated in the text. This book will be of interest to students reading for degrees and diplomas in psychology, education, psychiatry, social work, psychiatric nursing, sociology and criminology.

Table of Contents

  • Contents


    Part I: Rethinking the Problem

    Chapter One: Introduction

    Chapter Two: Nosological Issues

    Nosology and the Psychodiagnostic Dilemma in Clinical Work

    The Younger Patient

    The Symptomatic Patient and Diagnosis

    Can We Resolve the Dilemma?

    Towards a Taxonomy of Conduct Disorders

    Chapter Three: The Nature of Conduct Disorders


    Problems of Definition

    The Concept of Delinquency

    The Concept of Pre-delinquency

    The Concept of Conduct Disorders

    A Brief Comparative-Historical Overview

    Legal Correctional Development

    The Child-Guidance Clinic and Early Studies on Conduct Disorders

    Our Modern Technocratic Society and Conduct Disorders

    Sex Differences and Sex Composition in Conduct Disorders

    Studies of Conduct Disorders in Females

    The Epidemiology of Conduct Disorders

    Part II: Diagnosis and Management of Conduct Disorders

    Chapter Four: The Need for a Multifactorial Approach to Conduct

    Disorder Etiology


    The Traditional Approach

    The Biogenic Approach

    The Cultural Approach

    The Sociogenic Approach

    The Psychogenic Approach

    Conduct Disorders as Reflected by Psychotic Disturbances

    Conduct Disorders as Reflected by Organic Disturbances

    Conduct Disorders as Reflected by Disturbances of a Characterologically

    Asocial Orientation

    Conduct Disorders as Reflected by Disturbances of a Symptom

    Neurotic Orientation


    Chapter Five: Further Differential Guidelines to Patterns of Conduct Disorders

    Predicting and Identifying Conduct Disorders

    Conduct Disorders, Neurotic Disorders and Anxiety

    Conduct Disorders and Organicity

    Conduct Disorders and Schizophrenia

    Multiple Diagnosis and Conduct Disorders

    Identifying the Characterological and the Symptom Neurotic Conduct Disordered Sub-Types

    Chapter Six: Strategies for Behaviour Change in Conduct Disorders

    Psychotherapy with Adolescents: Some Perspectives

    Differential Treatment of Conduct Disorders

    Individual Psychotherapy and Behaviour Therapy for Conduct Disorders

    Group Therapy for Conduct Disorders

    Family Therapy and Parent Counselling for Conduct Disorders

    Psychopharmacotherapy for Conduct Disorders

    The Acute Therapeutic Unit and the Nursing Sister

    The School as a Therapeutic Agent

    Mental Health Consultation

    Treatment Outcome and Follow-up Feedback

    Chapter Seven: Prevention of Conduct Disorders


    Prevention and the Educational System

    Prevention Through Community and Individual Programs

    Prevention and Parenthood

    Prevention and the Dissemination of Knowledge

    Prevention, Community Psychology and Mental Health

    Part III: Research Considerations

    Chapter Eight: Directions for Future Research

    Idiographic versus Nomothetic Approaches in Research on Conduct Disorders

    Some Specific Research Preferences

    Chapter Nine: Comments on Two Patient Profiles


    Patient No. 1

    Patient No. 2


    Author Index

    Subject Index

Product details

  • No. of pages: 128
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Butterworth-Heinemann 1979
  • Published: January 1, 1979
  • Imprint: Butterworth-Heinemann
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483182858

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