Conduct Problems and Anxiety in Children

  • Laura Nabors
Part of the Springer Series on Child and Family Studies book series (SSCFS)


This chapter provides information on the co-occurrence of conduct problems, notably Conduct Disorder and Oppositional Defiant Disorder, and anxiety. An emphasis is placed on understanding the potential relationship among comorbid problems and theories about how to work with children with these diagnoses. There is research suggesting that anxiety can be protective for children with conduct problems, and there is research suggesting that it is a risk factor. More studies will be needed to ascertain the role of anxiety, in terms of its role as a protective or risk factor for child functioning. Treatment incorporating emotion regulation may be critical, and mindfulness interventions may provide one mechanism for improving emotion regulation. The FEAR (feelings, expectations, positive actions, and rewards) model may be useful in treating both anxiety and conduct problems. Parent involvement may be crucial to treatment implementation, generalization, and success. Future studies assessing modular interventions for different conduct and anxiety symptoms will provide information to improve knowledge in the field.


Conduct problems Conduct Disorder Oppositional Defiant Disorder FEAR Callous Social support Emotional dysregulation Reward charts Parent involvement 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Laura Nabors
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  1. 1.School of Human ServicesUniversity of CincinnatiCincinnatiUSA

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