Externalizing Disorders: Assessment, Treatment, and School-Based Interventions

  • Korrie AllenEmail author


Children with externalizing disorders (e.g., conduct disorder and oppositional defiant disorder) account for almost 25 % of all special services in schools and represent the most common reason for referral to pediatric and mental health clinics (Achenbach & Howell, 1993; Armbruster, Sukhodolsky, & Michalsen, 2004). Conduct problems often lead to increased use of psychiatric services and medication and are associated with significant emotional and physical distress in impacted children, families, and school personnel (Brosnan & Healy, 2011). The majority of children with an externalizing disorder receive few to no services, despite the high degree of impairment and poor prognosis (Lahey, Carlson, & Frick, 1997), and 70–80 % of those who do receive service use school-based services rather than services offered in the community (Burns et al., 1995). Schools represent the primary setting where children exhibit impairment and receive treatment (Ginsburg, Becker, Kingery, & Nichols, 2008). Providing evidence-based interventions in the school setting is therefore imperative in effectively preventing and treating externalizing disorders.


Conduct Disorder Oppositional Defiant Disorder Disruptive Behavior Conduct Disorder Classroom Management 
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