Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD) Checklist

This checklist is designed as a measure of disorder symptomatology. It must be interpreted in the context of individual client circumstances and as such should be used only in combination with a comprehensive medical and clinical assessment. It is NOT a stand-alone diagnostic tool.

ODD is characterised by frequently exhibiting symptoms from any of the following categories:

Angry or Irritable Mood

  • Loses temper
  • Touchy or easily annoyed
  • Angry and resentful


  • Has recently been spiteful or vindictive on multiple occasions

Argumentative or Defiant Behaviours

  • Arguing with authority figures and adults
  • Actively defying or refusing to comply with requests from authority figures or rules
  • Deliberately annoying others
  • Blaming others for one’s own mistakes or misbehaviour

If a child has experienced 4 or more symptoms from any of these categories consistently for at least 6 months, the behaviour has caused significant distress to those around them and is abnormal for their age, they may meet criteria for an ODD diagnosis.

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Reference: American Psychiatric Association. (2013). Diagnostic and statistical manual of mental disorders (DSM-5). Washington, D.C.: American Psychiatric Association.