Assessment and diagnosis of conduct disorder

John Sommers-Flanagan, Rita Sommers-Flanagan

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Assessmenf and diagnosis of mental disorders has become standard practice in the counseling profession. In this article, the authors examine problems and solutions associated with accurate assessment and diagnosis of conduct disorder. Problems of conduct disorder assessment and diagnosis include (a) client deceitfulness, (b) parent and teacher misinformation, (c) counselor countertransference, (d) diagnostic comorbidity, and (e) confounding cultural and situational circumstances. Counselors seeking to accurately diagnose conduct disorder should adhere to basic assessment pnnciples; use multi-method multi-rater, multi-setting approaches; closely review differential explanations and diagnoses; and regularly obtain peer consultation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)189-197
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Counseling and Development
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1998


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