Caribbean Journal of Psychology: Vol. 4, Issue 1, 2011

Article 2
Family Risk Factors and Conduct Disorder among Committed Male and Female Juveniles in Barbados

Joana Matthews
University of the West Indies, Cave-Hill


The differences between juveniles with and without a Conduct Disorder (CD) diagnosis on family risk factors was investigated in a sample of 71 male and female youth, aged 11-16, from a juvenile facility in Barbados. Psychological reports and case notes were coded for presence and absence of a diagnosis of CD and family risk factors. Gender differences were also investigated among those with a CD diagnosis. Results of the Mann-Whitney and Pearson Chi-square analyses revealed that significantly more juveniles with CD compared to those without CD were from low income homes and families characterized by parental conflict and psychopathology. Implications for treatment and rehabilitation are discussed.