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Scholars Day: April 15, 2009

Helping Adolescents with Conduct Disorder using Prochaska's Stages for Behavioral Change

Conduct disorder affects many children and adolescents in the United States on a daily basis. The necessary component of this diagnosis involves a repetitive and persistent pattern of behaviors that violates the basic rights of others along with age-appropriate societal norms. Even though conduct disorder is quite prevalent, truly productive therapy for this disorder is difficult to find. Prochaska’s theory uses stages to change behavior which could be a useful way to decrease aggression in these individuals. When applied, this theory should show improvement in individual’s aggressive tendencies along with; decreased co-morbid disorders, increased school performance, relationships strengthened and increased self esteem. Prochaska’s theory could be the answer psychologists have been looking for to help children and adolescents with many behavioral disorders. This presentation will be of interest to those who would like to learn more about a new theory that could benefit children and adolescents with behavioral disorders.

Presenter: Jennifer Danker (Undergraduate Student)
Topic: Psychology
Location: 218 Hartwell
Time: 9:30 am (Session I)