Biodevelopmental aspects of conduct disorder in boys

Stewart Gabel, John Stadler, Janet Bjorn, Richard Shindledecker, Charles L. Bowden

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The association between biochemical parameters and conduct disorder (CD) was studied in 22 boys admitted to a residential center. Three-methoxy-4-hydroxyphenylglycol (MHPG) levels were significantly higher in prepubertal CD youth than in pubertal/post pubertal CD youth. Homovanillic acid (HVA) levels were significantly lower in CD youth under age 12.0 years than in non CD youth under age 12.0 years. The implications of these biodevelopmental findings in the study of CD are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)125-141
Number of pages17
JournalChild Psychiatry & Human Development
Issue number2
StatePublished - Dec 1993


  • Conduct disorder
  • Homovanillic acid (HVA) and behavior
  • Three-methoxy-4-hydroxyphenylglycol (MHPG) and behavior

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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