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Hyperactivity, Conduct Disorder, Attention Deficits, and the Concept of Minimal Brain Dysfunction

  • Steven G. Vandenberg
  • Sandra Manes Singer
  • David L. Pauls

Abstract

Minimal brain dysfunction (MBD) has been described as a syndrome that includes a very broad spectrum of deviant behaviors. It is almost without exception a childhood diagnosis. The typical MBD child is thought to display symptoms of overactivity, impulsivity, clumsiness, and school-learning problems. In addition, aggressiveness, disobedience, and delinquent behavior are often cited as being associated with the syndrome. However, the MBD child is usually defined within the normal range of intelligence, thus eliminating the mentally retarded from this diagnostic category. The concept is losing its popularity because in most cases there is no evidence of any brain damage, which is seemingly invoked because of similarity in behavior of these children to patients with known brain damage.

Keywords

Personality Disorder Control Child Biological Parent Conduct Disorder Brain Damage 
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Copyright information

© Plenum Publishing Corporation 1986

Authors and Affiliations

  • Steven G. Vandenberg
    • 1
  • Sandra Manes Singer
    • 2
  • David L. Pauls
    • 3
  1. 1.University of ColoradoBoulderUSA
  2. 2.University of Southern IndianaEvansvilleUSA
  3. 3.Yale UniversityNew HavenUSA

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