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Do adolescents with conduct disorder develop antisocial behavior due to some genetic trait?

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Dr. Michael Rommen
Dr. Michael Rommenanswered
Family Medicine 10 years experience
No: Conduct disorder and antisocial personality disorder are only differentiated by age. Conduct disorder in a teenager who just turned 18 gets switched to being classified as having antisocial personality disorder simply by classification. The only thing that changed is age.
Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Alianswered
Psychiatry 33 years experience
Conduct DO: Cd eventually becomes antisocial if misconduct continues untreated, not genetically determined.
Dr. Roman Bronfenbrener
Dermatology 10 years experience
Probably not: Probably not, it's likely that these troubled children simply do not.
Dr. Andrew Berry
Clinical Psychology 15 years experience
Nature/nurture: There is a nature and nurture component in personality disorders such as conduct disorder, psychopathy/sociopathy (AKA antisocial personality disorder) however it's not a question of genetics or environment, it's usually a combination of the two.

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