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Brain biology linked to severe teenage antisocial behaviour
A new study by Cambridge Neuroscientists reveals that young adults with conduct disorder display an abnormal pattern of brain activity compared with their peers without the disorder.
Conduct disorder (CD) is a psychiatric condition associated with heightened antisocial and aggressive behaviour that affects five teenagers out of every 100 in the UK. It can develop either in childhood or in adolescence. While the childhood-onset form has been linked to abnormal brain function, the root of the adolescence-onset condition was previously thought to be the imitation of antisocial peers.
"This work breaks new ground in our understanding of the neurobiology of one of the most prevalent and difficult mental health problems in our society. The information will inform the development of early detection and intervention strategies in children at risk for antisocial behaviour," added Professor Ian Goodyer, pictured right,, co-author on the paper and Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the University of Cambridge.
The research has attracted much interest from the national media including coverage on / in: The Today Programme, The Independant, The Telegraph, The Daily Mail, New York Press, Medical Press Today, The Times of India.
Reference: Passamonti L et al. Neural abnormalities in early-onset and adolescence-onset conduct disorder. Arch Gen Psychiatry 2010.
Posted on 07/07/2010
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