Disruptive Behaviour Disorders in children and adolescents

Chair: Pia Enebrink and Pietro Muratori

Disruptive Behaviour Disorders (DBDs) including Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD) and Conduct Disorder (CD) are a serious mental health concern because they are associated with a host of other social, emotional, and academic problems both concurrently and later in development, with high costs for communities. Anger related problems constitute the central feature of DBDs, although they are frequently associated with Attention and Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD). A set of neuro-biological, family, peer, and social risk factors appears to be involved in the etiology of aggression and rule breaking in childhood. Additional cognitive-emotional factors at the child level include difficulty coping with anger and frustration, poor problem-solving skills, and poor social skills. DBDs are among the most common reasons for referring children and adolescents to outpatient treatment in child and adolescent psychiatric in many countries and, because of this relatively high stability, DBDs constitute a major health problem. There are many evidence-based treatment programs for DBDs. Many of these are based on Cognitive Behavioral principles and almost all of these programs used Cognitive Behavior evidence-based practices for reducing externalizing behavior problems in at-risk and clinic-referred youths.

In the light of these considerations, the objectives of the Specialized Interested Group on DBDs are:

  • to foster collaboration and discussions on scientific issues
  • to start up researches
  • to exchange information on the work developed in the different countries
  • to organize meetings, seminars and workshops

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