Two out of three children diagnosed with conduct disorder will not outgrow it without treatment. It is costly to the individual in terms of negative life outcomes and to society in terms of increased health, social and education service use. In this editorial for The British Journal of Psychiatry, Tracey Bywater explains that psychosocial interventions are effective in psychologically managing and preventing the onset of conduct disorder.
The British Journal of Psychiatry (2012) 201, 85–87. doi:10.1192/bjp.bp.111.107920