Conduct disorder in girls and boys: The identification of distinct psychosocial profiles

Title: Conduct disorder in girls and boys: The identification of distinct psychosocial profiles
Authors: O'Keefe, John J.
Carr, Alan
McQuaid, Paul
Permanent link: http://hdl.handle.net/10197/6454
Date: 2001
Abstract: In this study of 20 male and 20 female conduct disordered adolescents matched for age and sociodemographic variables, distinct psychosocial profiles were identified. Girls had fewer conduct problems overall because, compared with boys, they had fewer overt behaviour problems. Boys showed higher levels of cruelty, bullying, destructiveness, weapon carrying and initiating fights. Girls had similar levels of covert symptoms to boys but had a significantly higher ratio of covert to overt behaviour problems than their male counterparts. The female pattern of conduct problems was unique and included deviant peer group membership, lying and running away. While co-morbid ADHD was common among boys, girls had significantly lower IQ scores. Girls came from less dysfunctional families and showed better psychological adjustment than their male counterparts. However, for both boys and girls, lack of parental supervision and family communication difficulties were present in more than three quarters of all cases, and half of the group studied had experienced some form of child abuse or neglect.
Type of material: Book Chapter
Publisher: Edwin Mellen Press
Keywords: Conduct disorder;Psychosocial profiles;Sex difference
Language: en
Status of Item: Peer reviewed
Is part of: Carr, A. (eds.). Clinical Psychology in Ireland, Volume 3: Empirical Studies of Problems and Treatment Processes in Children and Adolescents
Appears in Collections:Psychology Research Collection

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