Life-course persistent conduct disorder is a major public health problem with implications for individual health and for society at large. Recent evidence has shown that treatment can be cost-effective, and early symptom detection is improving. We weigh the evidence for and against the introduction of population screening for conduct disorder in early childhood using Wilson and Jungner’s criteria.
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Funding PW received support for protected time for research in infant mental health from the Chief Scientist Office of the Scottish Executive Health Department during the preparation of this paper.
Competing interests CP is the joint author and trainer for the Mellow Parenting programme. Mellow Parenting is now a charity, but she is not a trustee. She is employed from time to time by this charity to run training courses.
The article was conceived and drafted initially by PW, who acts as guarantor. Responsibility for redrafting the article was shared between all the authors.
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