Date of Paper


Type of Paper

Clinical research paper

Degree Name

Master of Social Work (M.S.W.)


Social Work

First Advisor

Colin Hollidge


Social Work


Conduct disorder is defined by the American Psychiatric Association (2013) as: A repetitive and persistent pattern of behavior in which the basic rights of others or major age appropriate societal norms or rules are violated, as manifested by the presence of at least three of fifteen criteria, in the past twelve months, with at least one criterion present in the past six months. Conduct disorder is generally considered to be a serious, chronic childhood disorder that is often the primary precursor to an adult presenting with chronic antisocial behavior. According to Lahey, Loeber, Hart, Frick, & al, et (1995), it has been found to be difficult to reduce the frequency of antisocial behavior in children and adolescents with conduct disorder through treatments and interventions, thus conceptualizing conduct disorder as chronic. Writer has worked with many adolescents, especially males, who have been diagnosed with a mental health diagnosis related to conduct issues, thus becoming very interested in the evolution of the symptoms, the diagnosis, and strategies and interventions used for addressing conduct problems. This systematic literature review will be conducted with the purpose of answering the question: What strategies are being used in working with adolescents who have been diagnosed with conduct disorder, and what outcomes are we seeing? Writer will be including qualitative and quantitative studies, as well as literature reviews. Only scholarly, peer-reviewed, and fulltext, published scholarly academic journal articles were included in the research. Only articles that were published between 2002-2016 were reviewed. Twelve articles ultimately met the identified search criteria and were reviewed for the purpose of this systematic literature review. There is wide variation among practices, interventions, and treatments that are being used to manage conduct disorder. Writer aims to give an overview of each strategy, as well as an overview of the outcomes of utilizing each strategy.

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