This problem is more common in boys.
Other things that may raise the risk are:
- Having other family members with antisocial behavior
- Having a mother who used alcohol, smoked, or had a poor diet while pregnant
- Being around violence
- Prior child abuse
- Having parents who have:
- Mental health problems
- Substance misuse issues
- Relationship problems
- Had legal problems
- Poor parenting skills
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