Why is the FemNAT-CD study relevant for schools?
Some children and adolescents show disruptive, aggressive or impulsive behaviour in educational settings. They may break rules, lie, steal or run away from home or school. Often they may get into verbal or physical fights with their peers, and sometimes even with parents or teachers.
These behaviours can occur at home as well as at school and can have a negative impact on educational achievement or lead to school drop-out. If these patterns of behaviour become severe and are present across school and home settings, a diagnosis of Conduct Disorder might be given.
Conduct Disorder is one of the major reasons for school drop-out and affects approximately 15% of all adolescents in the European Union. Girls and boys with this disorder have a higher risk of social exclusion and delinquency, and of developing psychiatric disorders in adulthood. This has a detrimental effect on the children or adolescents with Conduct Disorder themselves, but can also be very challenging for their families or their school teachers and fellow pupils.
Given that these behavioural patterns often become highly problematic in school settings, it is especially important for us to work together with schools and teachers on this project.