This naturalistic study of diagnostic practice in residential treatment agencies for children investigated the use of the DSM-IVconduct disorder diagnosis and its association with residents' externalizing behaviors. The conduct disorder (CD) diagnosis was a poor predictor of participants' externalizing behaviors during their first few months in residence. Additionally, the assignment of the diagnosis was associated with the gender and race of study participants. Decisions of admissions personnel and practitioners in residential treatment facilities regarding their externalizing clients may not be well-served by use of DSM diagnoses. Assessments of caregivers may prove a useful adjunct to DSM diagnoses.
- Conduct disorder
- Residential treatment; DSM-IV validity
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
- Life-span and Life-course Studies