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Assessing Conduct and Oppositional Defiant Disorders

Jeremy and his mother have come in for assessment. A conduct/oppositional defiant disorder is suspected.

1.List 2-3 questions you would want to ask Jeremy and his mother during your assessment, considering the biological and social risk factors for conduct and oppositional defiant disorders.

2.Discuss the psychosocial and environmental problems (V and Z codes) that would be important to consider when formulating your treatment plan for Jeremy.

3.List at least two treatment goals for Jeremy and provide a rationale for each one. How do the treatment goals relate to Jeremy's presenting problem?

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1 .List 2-3 questions you would want to ask Jeremy and his mother during your assessment, considering the biological and social risk factors for conduct and oppositional defiant disorders.

*Sattler (2002) recommends during an assessment to ask direct questions such as (1) How often does this happen, (2) When does it occur? What happens when you feel that way? What was the first time that you noticed...?

* Diagnostic criteria -Conduct Disorder

Based on the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-IV-TR [APA], 2000) is a repetitive and persistent pattern of behavior in which the basic rights of others or major age-appropriate societal norms or rules are violated. [Criterion A]. the behaviors fall into four groups: (a) appropriate conduct that causes physical harm [Criteria A1-A7]; non aggressive conduct that causes property loss or damage [Criteria A10-A12]; serious violation of rules [Criterion B]; behavior occurs in a variety of settings (e.g., school, home or community [Criteria A13-A15]; behavior is clinically significant impairment in social, academic or occupational functioning [Criterion B]; and Anti-social personality Disorder not met [Criterion C]. (p. 98).

*Diagnostic Criteria-Oppositional Defiant Disorder

The essential features of Oppositional Defiant Disorder is a recurrent pattern of negative, defiant disobedient, and ...

Solution Summary

This solution discusses the features and treatment of conduct and oppositional defiant disorders. 830 words with good references are provided.

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