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Before It's Too Late: Why Some Kids Get Into Trouble--and What Parents Can Do About It [Paperback]

By Stanton Samenow (Author)
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Notes types of behavior exhibited by children who turn to criminal activities and advises parents on how to detect problem behavior.

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Is it “just a phase,” or could your child be headed for serious trouble?

If you sense that your child is seriously troubled, you may feel bewildered, helpless, ineffective. How can you stop your child from throwing away his or her life? How can you avoid thinking that you've failed as a parent? In this newly revised and expanded edition of the classic guide Before It's Too Late, clinical psychologist Stanton E. Samenow explains how to break the useless cycle of blame and take corrective action. Topics include:

* How to understand the personality of the antisocial child
* How to tell the difference between a “phase” and a pattern of misbehavior
* How to identify the seven common manifestations of antisocial behavior
* How to cope more effectively as the parent of an older antisocial child
* How to avoid the six common mistakes that prevent parents from taking action
* How to step in—early and effectively—before bad behavior becomes entrenched
“Wise, tough, and full of common sense.”
Washington Post
Stanton E. Samenow, Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist who has served on three presidential task forces on crime and drug issues. He is the author of Inside the Criminal Mind and a collaborator with Dr. Samuel Yochelson on the landmark three-volume work The Criminal Personality. Married and the father of two sons, Dr. Samenow is in private practice in Alexandria, Virginia.

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Item Specifications...

Studio: Three Rivers Press
Pages   230
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 5.2" Width: 7.9" Height: 0.6"
Weight:   0.45 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Nov 20, 2001
Publisher   Three Rivers Press
Edition  Revised  
ISBN  0812930657  
ISBN13  9780812930658  

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! STANTON E. SAMENOW PhD, is a clinical psychologist who has spent 40 years as a researcher, clinician, consultant, and expert witness specializing in criminal behavior. He has also served as an independent evaluator in adversarial child custody disputes and has been appointed to three presidential task forces on law enforcement, victims' rights, and a drug-free America. Among numerous other national venues, he has appeared on "60 Minutes," "Oprah," "Good Morning America," and "Larry King Live." In addition to "Inside the Criminal Mind" he is the author of "Before It's Too Late" and "Straight Talk About Criminals."

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Very Informative  Apr 6, 2008
This book is very informative. Many people refuse to believe that children possess these tendencies and they often blame the parents for bad parenting skills. The reality is that children with these antisocial behaviors do exist in our lives. It is up to us to empower ourselves with knowledge so that we may make informed decisions in the best interest of the child and family.
Great help for parents on their wits end  Feb 26, 2007
I wish I found this book many years earlier. But even when "it's too late" the book can be a revelation to desperate parents of "5% of the population". The reviewers who gave a low mark to this book are perhaps from the remaining 95%. After all these years of frustration, therapist visits, bags of prescribed medicine and failing again at every turn, this book answers a question "Why?". The author does not give "instructions" on how to fix problems with antisocial children, but he gives much more - the way to understand them. Each child is different, and this book will give parents an invaluable insight into their child's mind, and they should use this insight to the best extent possible.
An amazing insight   Mar 10, 2006
I wish I'd read this book years ago. This is the 2nd re-written edition of the book, which Samenow explains differs from the first in that he distinguishes more specifically between the behavior of an antisocial child and phases of bad behavior of other children.

I am a parent of 3 children - 2 are very normal, confident and well rounded, the other has been in therapy, psychiatry, psychiatric hospitals and on various cocktails of medication since he was 4 years old. Now we have reached teenage years and still have no answers or concrete diagnoses, but an increasingly problem whereby we live with locked cupboards all over over our house, dealings with police, school, firesetting problems.

After discussions with a psychologist and social worker about antisocial personality, this book was recommended to me and I recognized everything written as something we have dealt with since our son was a small child. The greatest relief given to me by this book was not only the acceptance that we did everything we could, everything advised by every doctor & therapst, but we finally understand more about how his mind works when he makes the wrong choices and treats his closest family as the enemy. This understanding alone, even before I reached the chapters on parenting advice, helped us immediately to dissolve the power struggles and changed the way we approach a conflict. This acceptance by us not only helps us but our other two children, and has possibly helped prevent further erosion of our family's esteem, hopes and sanity.
A good explanation of what is going on . . .  Aug 8, 2005
The search for why a child behaves a certain way is a search for what we as parents can do about such behavior. We believe that finding answers to root causes will also provide us with the power to defeat the bad behavior and replace it with the type of behavior that will make any parent proud. But reading Dr. Samenow's book, _Before It's Too Late_, makes one realize the importance of understanding what the behavior actually is before we can even begin to ask the question, "Why?" Once we can recognize patterns of behavior in children, only then can we apply the appropriate responses--regardless of the causes of such behavior. Does the child's deficiencies interacting with family members or classmates or performing assigned tasks indicate insecurity, or do these indicate unrealistic attempts at manipulation? Dr. Samenow does not go into a detailed plan of action for dealing with each of these or other various alternatives, but I believe most parents will intuitively know the proper responses once they recognize what type of behavior they are actually dealing with. And that is exactly what this book explains best.
Not an excellent book, keep looking.  Jun 20, 2003
I found this book extremely frustrating and a disappointing. On and on the problem is covered and that is almost the entire book. There is very little offered in the way of helpful strategies that the average reasonable parent would not already be doing. For a parent that is struggling with a problem child keep looking because there are no answers here in this book just more of what you already know yourself. It occurred to me that I wish every councilor would put their attitudes and thoughts down in a book. That way you could read the book and in one day determine if you thought the psychologist was going to be helpful instead of risking months or years in counseling before you found out.

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