Volume 22, Issue 3 (1993)
Psychobiological Basis of Conduct Disorder
Steven K. Shapiro, George W. Hynd
This article examines the psychobiological literature pertaining to conduct disorder (CD), with particular emphasis on how such information can increase our understanding of youths representing the undersocialized aggressive subtype of CD. Although much of the information is preliminary and fraught with methodological shortcomings, literature from the neuroanatomical, biochemical, psychophysiological, and pharmacological arenas is reviewed. The theoretical framework offered by Gray, Quay’s application of this model to CD, and the empirical strategies used to evaluate assumptions of biobehavioral systems are outlined. The utility of considering psychobiologically based behavioral propensities when developing a treatment plan is discussed.
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