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Your Defiant Child: Eight Steps to Better Behavior [Paperback]

By Russell A. Barkley (Author) & Christine M. Benton (Joint Author)
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Explains what causes defiance, details when it becomes a problem, and explores how it can be resolved, offering parents an eight-step program to improve a child's behavior which stresses consistency, cooperation, praise, rewards, and mild punishment.

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Every child has "ornery" moments, but more than 1 in 20 American child ren exhibit behavioral problems that are out of control. For readers s truggling with an unyielding or combative child, Your Defiant Child: E ight Steps to Better Behavior offers the understanding and guidance th ey need. Drawing on Dr. Russell A. Barkley's many years of work with p arents and children, the book clearly explains what causes defiance, w hen it becomes a problem, and how it can be resolved. The book's compr ehensive eight-step program stresses consistency and cooperation, prom oting changes through a system of praise, rewards, and mild punishment . Readers learn tools and strategies for establishing clear patterns o f discipline, communicating with children on a level they can understa nd, and reducing family stress overall. Filled with helpful charts, qu estionnaires, and checklists, Your Defiant Child helps parents get thei r child's behavior back on track and restore harmony in the home.

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Studio: The Guilford Press
Pages   240
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.96" Width: 6.36" Height: 0.68"
Weight:   0.69 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Oct 7, 1998
Publisher   The Guilford Press
ISBN  1572303212  
ISBN13  9781572303218  

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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 260 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
Christine M. Benton is a Chicago-based writer and editor.


Russell A. Barkley currently resides in the state of Massachusetts. Russell A. Barkley was born in 1949.

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1Books > Subjects > Health, Mind & Body > General
2Books > Subjects > Health, Mind & Body > Psychology & Counseling > General
3Books > Subjects > Parenting & Families > General
4Books > Subjects > Parenting & Families > Parenting > Discipline
5Books > Subjects > Parenting & Families > Parenting > General
6Books > Subjects > Teens > Social Issues > General

Reviews - What do customers think about Your Defiant Child: Eight Steps to Better Behavior?

Nothing new here  Nov 30, 2008
Book isn't worth the money, go the library and borrow a copy if you want to read it.
Excellent book and super fast shipping.  Sep 23, 2008
This book is agreat help to our home. We are dealing with a child that has ADHD, ODD and a Mood Disorder.
A well balanced approach  Jul 27, 2008
Russ Barkley has a good sense of how children behave and why, which allows him to develop good strategies for helping children learn how to be compliant. I really appreciate that he first teaches the parents/care providers, to catch the child being good and working on increasing the frequency of those observations. He then has one focus on how to target behaviors that need modification and goes through how to set up a clear system of expectations and consequences. The use of a token system allows a visual for the child to monitor his/her progress. All of us do better if we have something to work for, even a paycheck, so providing a list of incentives/rewards for children struggling to behave is no different.

Parents, teachers, and othe childccare providers will all benefit from learning these techniques in the order that he has presented them.
I recommend this book all the time.   Jun 19, 2008
I have recommended this book umpteen times. (Don't ask me how many "umpteen" is, but it's a lot!) Realistic, understandable, and well explained. The behavior program is based on positive reinforcement, and from the feedback of my clients, it works! One of my favorite prinicples discussed in the book is "catch your child being good". Barkley is one of the giants in our field, and whatever he writes is golden.

Stephanie Moulton Sarkis PhD NCC LMHC
Author, ADHD Expert, Psychotherapist
Excellent resource for parents  Oct 5, 2007
My pediatrician recommended this book when I expressed concerns over power struggles I was having with my daughter. Initially I took the book out of the library - then had to buy it because frankly - I can't do without it now.

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