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Explain how conduct disorders are diagnosed and discuss why a multimodal approach is needed to prevent them escalating to more serious mental health problems later in life. 

Your answer should draw on research evidence.

Why is it important to specify conduct disorders in terms of ‘childhood onset type, adolescent onset type, unspecified onset and with limited prosocial emotions’? Discuss the importance of specifying conduct disorders under these four main categories in terms of understanding the causal factors underlying conduct disorders and prognosis (long-term outcomes).