Hostile, Disobedient and Defiant Behavior in Children

This information is useful for children
Why Yale Medicine?
  • At the Child Study Center, we focus on treating the whole child, and not just the issue they or their parents come to us with.
  • We are a preeminent research institution dedicated to the ongoing study of mental health issues that affect children.
  • We focus on helping children reach their full potential, above and beyond any mental health concerns.

Learning to communicate and manage frustration is part of growing up. But some children don’t master those skills. If their frequent angry outbursts and aggressive behaviors interfere with family life, making friends or school performance, they may have oppositional defiant disorder (ODD), which, by some estimates, affects up to 16 percent of adolescents. Though no statistics are available for younger children, experts say that most children with ODD show signs of the disorder in the preschool years.

At the Yale Medicine Child Study Center, we have expertise and experience treating ODD as well as other mental health conditions that affect children. This is key since ODD often is accompanied by other mental health conditions and we offer access to an array of treatment options for complicated cases. 

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