Neuropsychological subgroups of adolescents with conduct disorder

  • Närhi V
  • Lehto-Salo P
  • Ahonen T
 et al. 
  • 19


    Mendeley users who have this article in their library.
  • 14


    Citations of this article.


In group-level studies adolescents with conduct disorder (CD) have been found to have deficiencies in verbal and executive functions. Teichner and Golden (2000) addressed the neuropsychological heterogeneity of CD, and hypothesized the existence of six neuropsychologically different subgroups. We used that theoretical basis to identify subgroups among 77 adolescents with CD and 48 controls. Among subjects with CD we identified subjects with no, diffuse, verbal and executive function deficits, but none with specific memory or visuo-spatial deficits. In total, neuropsychological deficits altogether were more common among subjects with CD relative to controls, as were specific verbal deficits. Subgroups did not differ in gender distribution, comorbidity of psychiatric disorders, type or severity of CD, or number of psychosocial risk factors. Among subjects with CD, learning disabilities were common. CD is neuropsychologically a heterogeneous disorder, and neuropsychological deficits should be taken into account in assessing and planning interventions for adolescents with CD.

Author-supplied keywords

  • Child custody
  • Cognitive impairment
  • Comorbidity
  • Learning disorders
  • Mental disorders
  • Neuropsychological assessment

Get free article suggestions today

Mendeley saves you time finding and organizing research

Sign up here
Already have an account ?Sign in

Find this document


  • Vesa Närhi

  • Pirkko Lehto-Salo

  • Timo Ahonen

  • Mauri Marttunen

Cite this document

Choose a citation style from the tabs below

Save time finding and organizing research with Mendeley

Sign up for free