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Volume 18, Issue 1 (1989)

Childhood Theft: A Comprehensive Review of Assessment and Treatment

pp. 82—97

ABSTRACT: Non-confrontative stealing in childhood, theft which does not involve direct contact with the victim, has been recognized as predictive of social maladjustment in adolescence and adulthood. The newly revised Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-III-R) ranks non-confrontative stealing as the most discriminating diagnostic’ feature of childhood conduct disorders. This article provides a conceptual overview of issues which complicate the assessment of stealing and contribute to the maintenance of this behavior in children. Specific recommendations are given to overcome these obstacles and to improve the implementation of treatment and prevention strategies for this critical childhood behavior problem.

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