Treating Conduct Disorder Using Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for Anger and Aggression in Children: A Case Study of a Male Juvenile Offender
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Conduct Disorder (CD) is often diagnosed in over half of males who are in correctional facilities (Teplin, Abraham, McClelland, Dulcan, & Merical, 2002). Furthermore, CD has been found to increase rates of recidivism when left untreated (Underwood & Washington, 2016). However, empirically supported treatments for CD support the use of systemic therapies, which are not available in correctional facilities (Henggeler & Sheidow, 2012 & Mental Health Division, 2006). Due to this, anger and aggression have been identified as being important influential factors in learning how to effectively manage the symptoms of CD (Henwood et al., 2015 & Barkley, 2013). The present study used the Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for Anger and Aggression in Children (CBT-AAC) treatment manual with a 15-year old African American male who was incarcerated in a juvenile correctional facility (Sukhodolsky & Scahill, 2012). Results indicated his levels of anger and aggression had decreased, after completing all ten weekly sessions, as he was receiving less Disciplinary Reports (DR) and Verbal Reprimands (VR). The present study did have some limitations, including: the offender’s involvement in an anger management group during treatment and his opposition when completing the assessments. A discussion of the strengths and weaknesses of the present case study are also provided.