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Oppositional defiant disorder in adolescence; Oppositional defiant disorder in children; Conduct disorders in adolescence; Conduct disorders in children;


The purpose of this paper is to present a review of the literature related to the proposition that oppositional defiant disorder and conduct disorder are, in essence, the same disorder, with varying degrees of severity. The author of this paper believes that it would make more sense diagnostically to combine these two diagnoses into one category.

This paper will cover a variety of areas related to oppositional defiant disorder and conduct disorder. First, a section on the formulation of the diagnostic criteria is presented. Brief definitions and descriptions of the two disorders follow the diagnostic criteria section. In addition to these two sections, there are sections that cover methods for distinguishing classifications and the progression of the developmental relationship between oppositional defiant disorder and conduct disorder. In closing, a case illustration, discussion and conclusion section are provided. The author will also describe a proposed new diagnostic classification--oppositional conduct disorder.

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Degree Name

Master of Arts


Educational Leadership, Counseling, and Postsecondary Education

First Advisor

Terry T. Kottman


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