Conduct Disorder and Behavioural Parent Training: Research and Practice

Conduct Disorder and Behavioural Parent Training: Research and Practice

Conduct Disorder and Behavioural Parent Training: Research and Practice

Conduct Disorder and Behavioural Parent Training: Research and Practice

Synopsis

"Conduct Disorder and Behavioural Parent Training provides social care workers and professionals with a comprehensive introduction to teaching and encouraging parents to use behavioural parent training with children with conduct disorder. This book is essential reading for all professionals involved in the care and treatment of children with conduct disorder, as well as psychology and social work students and academics." Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

Excerpt

The impulse to discover an effective method of intervention for conduct disorder arose through my own practice experience. As a social worker, based in a special school for children with severe emotional and behavioural problems between 1986 and 1995, I had responsibility for working with the child in the famiIy context. My clinical impression was that behavioural gains in the school setting were not transferred to the home setting, where parents of conduct-problem children reported that they continued to find the child's behaviour unmanageable. This was confirmed by Fitzgerald, Butler and Kinsella (1990) who found that parents having a child who was placed in a special school reported with frustration that they were not taught how to manage their child in the home setting. I shared their frustration, because it was evident that these children were usually manageable in the school setting. Generic social work training and post-qualifying training in family therapy did not, however, provide the means to intervene effectively with the child's behaviour in the home setting.

The research which is presented in this book was conducted in the course of the development of a high-intensity behavioural parent-training programme for children with significant conduct problems. This client group has not responded well to traditional methods of social work intervention. the programme is based on applied behavioural analysis, an approach which is not widely used in therapeutic social work practice. This book is intended to contribute to the treatment of child conduct problems, as well as to the expansion of social work practice methods which is now occurring within the context of a renewed emphasis on evidence-based therapeutic practice in general (Carr 1999). It is also intended to exemplify the positive contribution which behavioural methods in general, and applied behaviour analysis in particular, can make to social work practice.

During the last 25 years, the treatment of conduct disorder has moved from occupying amarginal position, where it was regarded asunproductive . . .

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