This is a serious behavioral and emotional disorder that can occur in children and teens. Many youths with conduct disorder may have trouble feeling and expressing empathy or remorse and reading social cues.
These youth often misinterpret the actions of others as being hostile or aggressive and respond by escalating the situation into a conflict.
Conduct disorder may also be associated with other difficulties such as substance use, risk-taking behavior, school problems, etc. Among both boys and girls, conduct disorder is one of the disorders most frequently diagnosed in mental health settings.