Letters Teenage conduct problems, later

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BMJ 2009; 338 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.b777 (Published 03 March 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;338:b777
  1. Ian Colman, assistant professor1,
  2. Rosemary A Abbott, research associate2,
  3. Peter B Jones, psychiatrist, professor, head2
  1. 1University of Alberta School of Public Health, University of Alberta, 13-130D Clinical Sciences Building, Edmonton, AB, Canada T6G 2G3
  2. 2Department of Psychiatry, University of Cambridge, Cambridge
  1. ian.colman{at}ualberta.ca

    Many adolescents with conduct problems in this cohort managed to avoid poor outcomes, and they may lead successful adult lives.1 We would hesitate, however, before painting a rosy future for these adolescents.

    The study outcomes are likely an underestimate of the true picture of poor outcomes for adolescents with conduct difficulties.2 Those with the worst conduct problems …

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