The earlier the age of onset of Conduct Disorder, the poorer the prognosis
Early onset Conduct Disorder, is most common and occurs in childhood.
Late-onset CD occurs after early adolescence.
The prevalence of Conduct Disorder has increased over recent decades and is higher in urban than in rural settings.
It is estimated that six percent of all children have CD, with a male-female ratio of four to one.
Aggressive children comprise one-third to one-half of the referrals to child and adolescent clinics.
Conduct disorder is difficult to overcome, but it is not hopeless. In situations where an effective support network of parental figures, teachers, and peers can be assembled, the disorder is manageable.