Symptom-based subfactors of DSM-defined conduct disorder: Evidence for etiologic distinctions

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Past research investigating the structure of conduct disorder (CD) symptoms has provided evidence of a phenotypic distinction between aggressive and rule-breaking subfactors of CD. However, evidence of etiologic distinctions between these subfactors has not been reported to date. In the current study, the authors investigated this issue in a sample of 1,151 male twins who were 17 years of age. The results indicate that aggressive and rule-breaking CD subfactors have both common and distinct etiologic influences, with shared environmental influences playing a significant role in rule-breaking behaviors. The authors discuss implications of these findings for the assessment and treatment of CD.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)483-487
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of abnormal psychology
Issue number3
StatePublished - Aug 2005


  • Aggression
  • Antisocial behavior
  • Conduct disorder
  • Subfactors


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