Your Defiant Teen: 10 Steps to Resolve Conflict and Rebuild Your Relationship

Russell A. Barkley, Author, Arthur L. Robin, Author, Christine M. Benton, With , with Christine M. Benton. Guilford $16.95 (326p) ISBN 978-1-59385-583-3

Barkley, research professor of psychiatry at SUNY–Syracuse Medical University and author (with Benton) of Your Defiant Child , and Robin (director of psychology training at Children's Hospital of Michigan) share between them 60 years of clinical and research experience studying the defiant behavior of children and adolescents. The first part of their comprehensive defiance-busting system helps parents define and assess the problem. The authors provide a chart to help readers gauge their child's behavior, then outline four factors that contribute to defiance: the teen's and parents' characteristics (which are unchanging), stress (which can be alleviated somewhat) and parenting style (which can be substantially modified). Part Two delves into the principles for reversing or preventing defiance, with sections on “one-on-one” time (including how to accomplish this with an uninterested teen), managing behavior and choosing appropriate punishments and rewards, to name a few. Without placing blame, the authors reveal that parents often unwittingly make a bad situation worse; the text gives solid tips on how to work toward a positive outcome and offers a variety of scenarios, demonstrating precisely how a parent's words and actions can be the source of a teen's compliant or defiant response. In the end, the authors offer a useful and detailed approach that respects the rights and expectations of parents and teens. (Feb.)

Reviewed on: 11/19/2007
Release date: 02/01/2008
Genre: Nonfiction
Paperback - 326 pages - 978-1-84529-725-1
Hardcover - 326 pages - 978-1-59385-584-0
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