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04.04 / Jessica L / BB4: Conduct Disorder

BB 4: Conduct Disorder

The Challenge of Early Conduct Disorder by Derek Patton
TED Description: Derek Patton explores the role of positive language – specifically, the language of virtues – in engaging with young people with conduct disorders.

Recommended clip (youth and aggression):
Please respond to each question in about one paragraph
Content: Provide a brief synopsis of the talk. What is his approach? What is the main message of this recorded talk? What is the role of language in children’s behavior? What specifically sparked your interest in the talk (e.g., study, fact, etc.)? Always use specific examples in connection with this week’s topic (~150 words)
Connection: How is Derek’s talk related to the textbook (Chapter 10)? Define Opposıtıonal Defıant Dısorder (ODD) according to DSM-5 and provide diagnostic criteria and age of usual onset. Highlight some important concepts and theories you read about in the chapter. Are children born to be aggressive and eventually become killers? How does parenting affect misconduct disorder in children? How do players in the school setting perpetuate disruptive behavior in children and teenagers? Always refer to page numbers in the readings and put in bold psychological vocabulary important (~150 words)
Critical Thinking: The school-to-prison pipeline leads to the criminalization of childhood and is a zero-tolerance policy. Originally, the policy mandated schools to punish and penalize students who had brought drugs or guns to school. Sadly this school policy extended to target many more at-risk and disenfranchised students and included offenses nonthreatening or nonviolent offenses such as violation of dress codes, disruptive behavior, or defiant or affectionate behavior towards authority figures. The American Bar Association is pleading to shut the school-to-prison program, see here. Impulsivity can lead to faulty decision making and inattention may cause an individual to commit minor crimes. Our US prisons are overpopulated with inmates who suffer mental disorders- half of the prison inmates suffer from ADHD (Young et al)! See also infographic: What do you think should be the role of schools vs. prisons in dealing with challenging behaviors in children? Can you think about programs or interventions that keep children out of violent behavior and crimes and focus on their academic needs? (~150 words)
Self-reference: What are you conducting thoughts on this week’s readings? Relate this week’s course content learning to your own personal and/or aspired professional goals and explore how language and communication (verbal vs. nonverbal) might be a powerful tool for interpersonal interactions and professional interactions. Are you engaging in healthy communication? (~50 words)