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A meta-analysis of cognitive intervention, parent management training, and psychopharmacological intervention in the treatment of conduct disorder
Conduct disorder in children and adolescents has
developed into a very costly problem with severe negative
consequences to individuals, families, and communities. A
void exists in the literature in that no summaries have been
found which compare the effectiveness of the leading
treatment modalities for conduct disorder.
The purpose of this study is to conduct a meta-analysis
comparing three psychotherapeutic interventions for the
treatment of conduct disorders in children and adolescents:
1) cognitive interventions, 2) parent management training,
and 3) psychopharmacological intervention (i.e. the use of
lithium carbonate and the use of stimulants [e.g.,
methylphenidate, dextroamphetamine, and pemoline]). The
inclusion criteria for this meta-analysis accepted 26 studies
for data collection and analysis.