Academic journal article Journal of Marital and Family Therapy

Skills Training for Children with Behavior Disorders: A Parent and Therapist Guidebook

Academic journal article Journal of Marital and Family Therapy

Skills Training for Children with Behavior Disorders: A Parent and Therapist Guidebook

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Bloomquist, M. L. (1996). Skills training for children with behavior disorders: A parent and therapist guidebook. New York: The Guilford Press, 272 pp., $29.95.

Family therapists who work with child-related problems see many parents who are desperately seeking help with their children. This is especially the case when the children have behavior problems. These parents want help quickly and in many cases are seeking practical solutions to their concerns.

This clear, practical, well-written book is intended to help these parents. It is primarily for parents with children between the ages of 6 and 16, although many of the skills could be easily adapted for younger children. This book utilizes a skills training approach with chapters to help parents enhance their parenting skills and instructions for parents to enhance their children's skills. The goal of skills training is to help children achieve specific skills in areas of their life that are problematic. It also provides parents a helpful review of symptoms, developmental course, and possible causes of common childhood concerns such as attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder, oppositional defiant disorder, and conduct disorder. Charts are provided at the end of the chapters to help parents and therapists to implement the skill development exercises.

Parents who have children with behavior problems are typically discouraged and frustrated. …

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