Parent-adolescent discord is often handled from a unitary perspective, whether the focus is on enhancing parenting skills, resolving conflicts in family relationships, or working to improve the behavior of the individual child. This important work shows the clinician how to incorporate all of these crucial elements into a single, research-based treatment program. Presented is the authors' influential integration of cognitive-behavioral constructs and family systems theory, grounded in consideration of adolescent developmental concerns. The book describes effective ways to conceptualize and assess the problems of embattled parents and teens; use assessment data in treatment planning; overcome resistance and other therapeutic hurdles; and implement carefully sequenced skills training, cognitive restructuring, and functional/structural interventions. The theoretical and empirical bases of the treatment approach are also discussed in depth.
Table of Contents
2. Theoretical Orientation
3. Empirical Evaluation of Behavioral-Family Systems Theory
4. Assessment-Overview and Interviewing
5. Questionnaire and Observational Assessment
6. Conceptualizing and Integrating Assessment Data
7. Treatment-Overview and Problem-Solving Training
8. Communication Training
9. Cognitive Restructuring
10. Functional/Structural Interventions
11. Sequencing Intervention
13. Case Studies
14. Treatment Outcome Research
15. Future Directions
"For the clinician or researcher who deals with the ever-growing population of families encountering adolescent runaway, conduct, and delinquency problems, this book is a must."
-Journal of Marital and Family Therapy
"Work this rich in clinical impact with this kind of empirical support comes around only once every couple of years....Many families, clinicians, and researchers will benefit."
-Child and Family Behavior Therapy
"Well written, engaging, and useful for many professionals at all levels of expertise."
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