Residential treatment for conduct disorder and oppositional defiant disorder
Insufficient evidence – there either hasn’t been any research on this treatment option or there is a small amount of evidence with unclear conclusions.
In some countries (e.g. the USA), children and young people might have treatment for oppositional defiant disorder or conduct disorder while staying in a hospital or residential treatment centre. This is not recommended in the UK because there is no evidence that these are effective treatments for oppositional defiant disorder or conduct disorder. There are also concerns about the negative effects of separating children and young people from their families.
Treatments outlined on these webpages may not be available in every local area. It’s important that you discuss with your GP or mental health professional the treatment options available to you. You can also search for services near you on our Youth Wellbeing Directory and find out more about referral processes here.