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Defiant Teens: A Clinician's Manual for Assessment and Family Intervention, Second Edition
Barkley, Russell A. and Arthur L. Robin
The Guilford Press / Softcover / 2014-04-01 / 1462514413
Infant, Child & Adolescent
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This authoritative manual presents an accessible 18-step program widely used by clinicians working with challenging teens. Steps 1-9 comprise parent training strategies for managing a broad range of problem behaviors, including those linked to oppositional defiant disorder (ODD) and attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Steps 10-18 focus on teaching all family members to negotiate, communicate, and problem solve more effectively, while facilitating adolescents' individuation and autonomy. Practical reproducible handouts and forms are included; the print book has a large-size format and lay-flat binding to facilitate photocopying. Purchasers also get access to a Web page where they can download and print the reproducible materials.

New to This Edition

Incorporates 15 years of research advances and the authors' ongoing clinical experience.
Fully updated model of the nature and causes of ODD.
Revised assessment tools and recommendations.
Reflects cultural changes, such as teens' growing technology use.
See also the authors' related parent guide, Your Defiant Teen, Second Edition: 10 Steps to Resolve Conflict and Rebuild Your Relationship, an ideal client recommendation. For a focus on younger children, see also Dr. Barkley's Defiant Children, Third Edition (for professionals) and Your Defiant Child, Second Edition (for parents).


I. Prerequisite Information for Using the Program
1. The Rationale for the Program
2. Clinical Assessment of Defiant Adolescents
3. An Overview of the Family Training Program
II. Session Instructions
Step 1. Discussion of ADHD and ODD
Step 2. Principles of Behavior Management
Step 3. Developing Positive Attention
Step 4. Developing Parental Attending Skills
Step 5. Establishing a Behavioral Contract
Step 6. Using Response Cost
Step 7. Completing the Contract/Point System
Step 8. Grounding
Step 9. School Advocacy
Step 10. Introduction to Problem-Solving Communication Training
Step 11. Practicing Problem Solving
Step 12. Practicing Problem Solving, Continued
Step 13. Introduction to Communication Skills
Step 14. Practicing Communication Skills
Step 15. Dealing with Unreasonable Beliefs and Expectations
Step 16. Practicing Problem-Solving and Communication Skills: Catching Unreasonable Beliefs
Step 17. More Family Practice
Step 18. Concluding Treatment
III. Assessment Materials
General Instructions for Completing the Questionnaires (Form 1)
Child and Family Information (Form 2)
Developmental and Medical History (Form 3)
Issues Checklist for Parents and Teenagers (Form 4)
IV. Parent Handouts for Steps 1-18
Parent Handout for Step 2. Principles of Behavior Management: Four-Factor Model of Teen Misbehavior
Parent Handout for Step 2. Coercive Behavior Cycle
Parent Handout for Step 3. Paying Attention to Your Teen's Good Behavior
Parent Handout for Step 4. How to Give Effective Commands
Parent Handout for Step 5. Sample Behavioral Contract
Parent Handout for Step 5. The Home Point System
Parent Handout for Step 8. Grounding
Parent Handout for Step 9. Accommodations for Improving Teen School Performance
Parent Handout for Step 9. Educational Rights for Children with ADHD in Public Schools
Parent Handout for Step 10. Steps to Better Problem Solving
Parent Handout for Step 10. Problem-Solving Worksheet
Parent Handout for Step 10. Problem-Solving Exercise
Parent Handout for Step 13. Communication Habits
Parent Handout for Step 15. Unreasonable and Reasonable Beliefs
Adolescent Handout for Step 15. Unreasonable and Reasonable Beliefs

About the Authors:

Russell A. Barkley, PhD, is Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and Pediatrics at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston. The author of numerous bestselling books for both professionals and the public, including Taking Charge of ADHD and Your Defiant Child , Dr. Barkley has worked with children, adolescents, and families for over 35 years. His website is .

Arthur L. Robin, PhD, is Director of Psychology Training at Children's Hospital of Michigan and Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurosciences at Wayne State University. Dr. Robin is a practicing psychologist with more than 40 years of clinical experience.

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