Oppositional Defiant Disorder Is Better Conceptualized as a Disorder of Emotional Regulation.


OBJECTIVE It has been reported that Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD) can be differentiated into distinct subtypes associated with different outcomes in adulthood. We examined whether ODD is conceptually independent and coherent, and whether ODD and Conduct Disorder (CD) are expressions of the same core deficit. METHOD The data come from a sample of 4,380 children for whom SNAP rating scales were available. Parallel analysis was performed on the eight-item ODD diagnostic items and on the SNAP-90 scale. These were factor analyzed and the components were correlated. RESULTS ODD has one underlying factor, whereas the parent-rated SNAP has nine underlying factors. ODD items grouped together with emotional lability and irritability items, which did not group with CD. Confirmatory factor analysis supported the separation of ODD and CD but not ODD and emotion dysregulation. CONCLUSION The expanded ODD factor more likely captures a disorder of emotion regulation, rather than a disruptive behavior disorder.

DOI: 10.1177/1087054713520221

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@article{Cavanagh2017OppositionalDD, title={Oppositional Defiant Disorder Is Better Conceptualized as a Disorder of Emotional Regulation.}, author={Monica Cavanagh and Declan M P Quinn and Don Duncan and Tom Graham and Lloyd D. Balbuena}, journal={Journal of attention disorders}, year={2017}, volume={21 5}, pages={381-389} }