Child and adolescent mental health

Conduct disorders

As local data that describes the prevalence of conduct disorders is not collected, proportions are assumed to be comparable to the national level.

Conduct disorder

National prevalence in 2004 Estimated local absolute number*
5-10 yrs old 4.9% 897
11-16 yrs old 6.6% 1222

*Estimate for Central Bedfordshire based on local population numbers (rounded figures) National Estimate from Mental health of children and young people in Great Britain 2004 (latest data)

Some mental health disorders such as conduct disorders are more common in boys than in girls. Boys account for approximately 65-70% of those affected by conduct disorders, which are thought to be increasing over time. In approximately 40% of children they are persistent over 3 years or more (1). Applying this trend to the population in CBC, it is expected that conduct disorders will increase locally in addition to persistent need of children who currently have conduct disorders.

Higher prevalence of conduct disorders are associated with more socially deprived areas. Conduct disorders are 3-4 times more likely in families with socio-economically deprived families. It would also be expected that there would be higher prevalence in more urban areas and areas with higher crime rates. Areas with high prevalence of parental depression are likely to be associated with high prevalence of conduct disorders (2).


(1) Source: CHIMAT: CAMHS Needs Assessment

(2) Royal College of Psychiatrists, 2010 No health without public mental health The Case for Action London.


Last updated Wednesday, 1st November 2017