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Monday, 20 December 2010

Conduct Problems in Pre-teens Leads to Greater Problems in Teenagers

It's probably not a surprise that preteen with Conduct Problems evenutally leads to serious violence in the teenage years.

Well that's what a study by the Université de Montréal found recently.

They found that preteens who steal, destroy property, fight and bully are:

Six times as likely to sell drugs
Nine times as likely to join a gang
Eleven times as likely to carry a weapon
Eight times as likely to be arrested as a teenager

The study examined three groups of 12 and 13-year-old Canadian kids over a span of two years. The group consisted of 4,125 test-subjects who were classified according to precise symptoms of conduct disorders.

"Children with conduct disorders who are not violent are also more likely to adopt serious delinquent behaviors as teenagers," said the researchers.

Researchers for this study believe that the definition of conduct disorders in the DSM should be reviewed as it currently defines the disorder as a combination of any three symptoms on a list of 15, but it doesn't apply to all cases and allows for a possible 30,000 possible combinations.

Like I said, it's not a surprise, but maybe it is time to steop in early and stop the evolution of conduct problems to more serious crimes later in life.

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