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Defiant Children: A Clinician's Manual for Assessment and Parent Training 3ed

by Russell A Barkley Guilford Publications
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A perennial bestseller from a leading authority, this book provides an effective 10-step program for training parents in child behavior management skills (ages 2 to 12). Professionals get proven tools to help parents understand the causes of noncompliant, defiant, oppositional, or socially hostile behavior at home or in school; take systematic steps to reduce it; and reinforce positive change. Comprehensive assessment guidelines are included. In a large-size format for easy photocopying, the volume features numerous reproducible parent handouts and two rating scales (the Home Situations Questionnaire and the School Situations Questionnaire). New to This Edition Reflects 15 years of research advances and the author's ongoing clinical experience. Fully updated model of the nature and causes of oppositional defiant disorder (ODD). Revised assessment tools and recommendations. The latest data on the program's effectiveness. Spanish-language versions of the parent forms are available online for downloading and printing ( See also the related title for parents Your Defiant Child, Second Edition Eight Steps to Better Behavior. For a teen focus, see also Defiant Teens, Second Edition (for professionals), and Your Defiant Teen, Second Edition (for parents), by Russell A. Barkley and Arthur L. Robin.

I. Prerequisite Information for Using the Program
1. The Rationale for the Program
2. Clinical Assessment of Defiant Children
3. Practical Considerations in Parent Training
4. An Overview of the Parent Training Program
II. Guidelines for Therapists in Conducting the Program
Step 1. Why Children Misbehave
Step 2. Pay Attention!
Step 3. Increasing Compliance and Independent Play
Step 4. When Praise Is Not Enough: Poker Chips and Points
Step 5. Time Out and Other Disciplinary Methods
Step 6. Extending Time Out to Other Misbehavior
Step 7. Anticipating Problems: Managing Children in Public Places
Step 8. Improving School Behavior from Home: The Daily School Behavior Report Card
Step 9. Handling Future Behavior Problems
Step 10. Booster Session and Follow-Up Meetings
III. Assessment Materials
Form 1. General Instructions for Completing the Questionnaires
Form 2. Child and Family Information
Form 3. Developmental and Medical History
Form 4. Home Situations Questionnaire
Form 5. School Situations Questionnaire
Form 6. How to Prepare for Your Child's Evaluation
IV. Parent Handouts
Parent Handout for Step 1. Profiles of Child and Parent Characteristics
Parent Handout for Step 1. Family Problems Inventory
Parent Handout for Step 1. Diagram of Oppositional Defiant Intervention
Parent Handout for Step 2. Paying Attention to Your Child's Good Play Behavior
Parent Handout for Step 3. Paying Attention to Your Child's Compliance
Parent Handout for Step 3. Giving Effective Commands
Parent Handout for Step 3. Attending to Independent Play
Parent Handout for Step 4. The Home Poker Chip/Point System
Parent Handout for Step 5. Time Out!
Parent Handout for Step 7. Anticipating Problems: Managing Children in Public Places
Parent Handout for Step 8. Using a Daily School Behavior Report Card
Parent Handout for Step 9. Managing Future Behavior Problems

"Because the manual is written so that the information and materials contained in it can be passed on to parents, it is easy to understand....One strength of the material is that alternatives are always provided for when the inevitable occurs—the child misbehaves and the current strategy is ineffective."
Russell A. Barkley, PhD, ABPP, ABCN, is Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and Pediatrics at the Medical University of South Carolina. Dr. Barkley has published numerous books and five assessment scales, plus more than 275 scientific articles and book chapters on ADHD, executive functioning, and childhood defiance. He is also the editor of the newsletter The ADHD Report. A frequent conference presenter and speaker who is widely cited in the national media, he is past president of the Section on Clinical Child Psychology (the former Division 12) of the American Psychological Association, and of the International Society for Research in Child and Adolescent Psychopathology. His website is