Child Psychiatry and Human Development

, Volume 20, Issue 2, pp 149–156 | Cite as

Plasma dopamine-β-hydroxylase and preschool behavior in children with conduct disorder

  • Graham A. Rogeness
  • Linda Crawford
  • Adele McNamara


The preschool behavior history and a history of abuse or neglect were compared between emotionally disturbed boys with and without conduct disorder (CD), and between boys with high and low plasma dopamine-β-hydroxylase (DβH) activities and CD. Boys with CD had the expected increase in preschool behaviors associated with attention deficit disorder (ADD) and CD as well as more reports of abuse or neglect. A higher percentage of boys with low DβH were reported to have preschool behaviors associated with ADD. In contrast, more high DβH subjects were reported as abused or neglected.

Key Words

Conduct Disorder Dopamine-β-Hydroxylase Abuse 


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© Human Sciences Press 1989

Authors and Affiliations

  • Graham A. Rogeness
    • 1
    • 2
  • Linda Crawford
    • 1
    • 2
  • Adele McNamara
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of PsychiatryThe University of Texas Health Science Center at San AntonioSan Antonio
  2. 2.The Southwest Neuropsychiatric InstituteSan AntonioUSA

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