Original Articles

A Cognitive-Behavioural Treatment Programme for Conduct Disorder: The Case of Tumeleng

Published in: Journal of Psychology in Africa
Volume 16, issue 2, 2006 , pages: 231–241
DOI: 10.1080/14330237.2006.10820127
Author(s): Ian SmithPsychology Department, South Africa

Abstract

This article presents a case study of a teenager with conduct disorder (CD) using a cognitive-behavioural treatment programme for anger and aggression. Unique features of the case included comorbid expressive language disorder and a history of multiple traumatic brain injuries, and a Tswana (Botswana) ethnic/cultural background. Indications for successful treatment were the participant's intrinsic motivation to change and be accepted by his peers, and his good memory. Factors that contraindicated successful treatment were the absence of his parents, due to his attending boarding school and comorbidity. The case provides evidence for the efficacy of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) for CD in an adolescent of a Tswana background with comorbid expressive language disorder and history of multiple head injuries.

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