What is the FemNAT-CD study
Conduct disorder has a highly negative impact on the affected individual as well as on families and society. Although the number of females exhibiting serious aggressive behaviours is growing, the majority of studies on Conduct Disorder have focused on male participants only.
Therefore the key aims of the FemNAT-CD study are to identify environmental risk factors, co-occurring mental disorders, underlying (neuro-) biological processes, and changes in brain structure and function in female children and adolescents with Conduct Disorder compared to males with this condition and typically-developing children. We will also be testing a new form of psychological therapy for Conduct Disorder in a subset of the overall sample. We will be asking children and adolescents aged between 9 and 18 years and their parents to take part in clinical interviews and complete questionnaires, computer-based tasks and brain imaging experiments. These tasks will be split up over several visits, and participants can opt out of any part of the study except the initial clinical interview and screening session.