Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Social Work


School of Social Work

First Reader/Committee Chair

McAllister, Carolyn


This research project aims to explore and identify empirical evidence-based interventions for children and adolescents with oppositional defiant disorder (ODD). This study will highlight evidence-based, non-pharmaceutical type interventions discussed in current research, the significance and potential impact it has on the field of social work, and the way in which this scoping review will be conducted.

ODD is a type of childhood disruptive behavior disorder in which children show ongoing patterns of uncooperative, defiant, argumentative, and hostile behaviors. ODD is among the most commonly diagnosed mental health conditions in children. Early intervention and treatment are important since various risk factors can result if the condition is not addressed. If left untreated, children with ODD are at risk of developing a more serious disruptive behavior disorder and potentially an antisocial personality disorder in adulthood. Research indicates that behaviorally oriented, non-pharmacological interventions that focus on the causes of disruptive behaviors typically result in positive outcomes. The data and research used for this scoping review will focus on existing relevant literature that discuss types of non-pharmacological interventions.

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