Purpose: To evaluate students exhibiting severe behaviour problems who may have Conduct Disorder
Ages: 5 – 22 years
Time: 5 to 10 minutes
The Conduct Disorder Scale (CDS) is an efficient and effective instrument for evaluating students exhibiting severe behaviour problems who may have Conduct Disorder. It is the only test of its kind that provides standard scores for use in identifying students with Conduct Disorder.
The 40 items on the CDS describe the specific diagnostic behaviours characteristic of persons with Conduct Disorder. The items comprise four subscales representing the core symptom clusters necessary for the diagnosis of Conduct Disorder:
The CDS is designed to help in the diagnosis of Conduct Disorder and can be administered by anyone who has had direct, sustained contact with the referred individual (e.g., teachers, parents, siblings, etc.). Items on the subscales have strong face validity because they are based on the diagnostic criteria for Conduct Disorder published in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders: Fourth Edition-Text Revision (DSM-IV-TR).