Are Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder and Oppositional Defiant Disorder Developmental Precursors to Conduct Disorder?
An important goal of developmental psychopathology is the description of developmental progressions in the ontogeny of serious emotional and behavioral disorders. If milder psychopathology can be shown regularly to precede the emergence of more serious psychopathology, it may be possible to identify the factors that govern the developmental progression to the more serious problems. If some of these factors prove to be modifiable, serious disorders could be prevented to some extent. This chapter reviews what is currently known about the developmental precursors to conduct disorder (CD). Specifically, it summarizes current findings on the potential developmental relations between attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and oppositional defiant disorder (ODD) on the one hand, and CD on the other hand.
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