Date of Submission

Fall 12-3-2021

Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)



First Advisor

Dr T Radasa

Second Advisor

Dr S Mortell


Conduct disorder and behavioral problems in children are the 6th most prominent childhood health disorder within the United States of America. Early recognition and interventions have shown to improve outcomes and reduce lifelong adult sequela. Evidence suggests that primary care providers are not confident or knowledgeable about identification and assessment of the disorder. The manuscript examines the prevalence, co-morbidities, trajectories, mortality risk and outcomes of conduct disorder. Health disparities and diagnostic stigma are also addressed. Additionally, the manuscript provides primary care providers with evidence-based research and recommendations for prompt identification and screening. Conduct disorder has devasting individual, social, and economic ramifications and primary care providers play a key role in prompt identification and treatment.

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Nursing Commons