Clinical Handbook of Assessing and Treating Conduct Problems in Youth

  • Rachael C. Murrihy
  • Antony D. Kidman
  • Thomas H. Ollendick

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxiv
  2. An Introduction to Conduct Problems in Youth

  3. Evidence-Based Treatments of Conduct Problems: An Applied Approach for Practitioners

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 115-115
    2. Ross W. Greene
      Pages 193-220
    3. John E. Lochman, Caroline Boxmeyer, Nicole P. Powell, Karen C. Wells
      Pages 221-244
    4. James F. Alexander, Michael S. Robbins
      Pages 245-271
    5. Cindy M. Schaeffer, Michael R. McCart, Scott W. Henggeler, Phillippe B. Cunningham
      Pages 273-292
  4. Evidence-based Treatment of Youth with Conduct Problems in Diverse Settings

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 293-293
    2. Paul A. LeBuffe, Suzanne Robison, Davida J. Chamberlin-Elliott
      Pages 333-364
    3. Garry F. A. Coventry, Laura G. Swanson
      Pages 365-381
    4. Helen L. Smith, David R. Coghill
      Pages 383-404
  5. Looking Forward: Prevention Programs and Advanced Treatment Considerations

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 405-405
    2. Conduct Problems Prevention Research Group
      Pages 407-433
    3. Matthew R. Sanders, Alina Morawska
      Pages 435-454
    4. Judy K. Ho, Kristen M. McCabe, May Yeh, Anna S. Lau
      Pages 455-488
    5. Rachael C. Murrihy, Thomas H. Ollendick, Antony D. Kidman
      Pages 517-530
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 531-544

About this book


Conduct problems, particularly oppositional defiant disorder (ODD) and conduct disorder (CD), are the most common mental health problems affecting children and adolescents. The consequences to individuals, families, and schools may be severe and long-lasting. To ameliorate negative outcomes and ensure the most effective treatment for aggressive and antisocial youth, early diagnosis and evidence-based interventions are essential.

Clinical Handbook of Assessing and Treating Conduct Problems in Youth provides readers with both a solid grounding in theory and a comprehensive examination of the evidence-based assessment strategies and therapeutic practices that can be used to treat a highly diverse population with a wide range of conduct problems. It provides professional readers with an array of evidence-based interventions, both universal and targeted, that can be implemented to improve behavioral and social outcomes in children and adolescents.

This expertly written resource:

  • Lays the foundation for understanding conduct problems in youth, including epidemiology, etiology, and biological, familial, and contextual risk factors.
  • Details the assessment process, with in-depth attention to tools, strategies, and differential diagnosis.
  • Reviews nine major treatment protocols, including Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT), multisystemic therapy (MST) for adolescents, school-based group approaches, residential treatment, and pharmacotherapy.
  • Critiques the current generation of prevention programs for at-risk youth.
  • Explores salient issues in working effectively with minority youth.
  • Offers methods for evaluating intervention programs, starting with cost analysis.

This volume serves as a one-stop reference for all professionals who seek a solid grounding in theory as well as those who need access to evidence-based assessment and therapies for conduct problems. It is a must-have volume for anyone working with at-risk children, including clinical child, school, and developmental psychologists; forensic psychologists; social workers; school counselors and allied professionals; and medical and psychiatric practitioners.


Adolescents Aggression Anger Children Conduct Conduct disorders Conduct problems Externalizing disorders Opposition Oppositional defiance disorder Preschool Youth

Editors and affiliations

  • Rachael C. Murrihy
    • 1
  • Antony D. Kidman
    • 2
  • Thomas H. Ollendick
    • 3
  1. 1.Royal North Shore Hospital, Health Psychology UnitUniversity of Technology SydneySt. Leonards, SydneyAustralia
  2. 2.Royal North Shore Hospital, Health Psychology UnitUniversity of Technology SydneySt. Leonards, SydneyAustralia
  3. 3.Child Study Center, Department of PsychologyVirginia TechBlacksburgUSA

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