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