Magazine article National Association of School Psychologists. Communique

Behavior Management Program

Magazine article National Association of School Psychologists. Communique

Behavior Management Program

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Behavior Management Program DEFIANT TEENS: A Clinician's Manual for Assessment and Family Intervention (2nd ed.) By R. A. Barkley & A. L. Robin 2014, Guilford Press

REVIEW BY DANIEL F. MCCLEARY

Drs. Russell Barkley and Arthur Robin have updated their Defiant Teens clinician's manual first published in 1999. This manual accompanies the second edition of their book, Your Defiant Teen: 10 Steps to Resolve Conflict and Rebuild Your Relationship. The pairing of a book and clinician's manual separates this program from several of its contemporaries by allowing parents access to the information via the book and practitioners or researchers access to replicating the results of the program through use of the manual. In addition, while many of the book's peers holistically incorporate the family in a consultative manner, this program was coauthored by Dr. Robin specifically to integrate problem-solving communication training (PSCT), which teaches parents and teens how to effectively communicate with one another. The manual also distinguishes itself from many of its peers by citing several peerreviewed research studies supporting the use of the program.

In general, this program is designed for those with ADHD, ODD, and CD (i.e., individuals who have difficulty following directions and rules), but not for individuals who pose a serious threat to themselves or others. Teens should have a cognitive level of 10-12 years old and a chronological age of 13-18 years old in order to be active participants during the PCST portion of the program. The authors recommend that parents have a high school education and that the family have minimal levels of distress.

An introduction to the manual presents an overview of the program and explains for whom it is and is not designed. The rest of the manual is divided into four parts. Part I summarizes the relevant research and theories on defiant behavior, describes how to conduct an assessment of defiant teens, and provides a synopsis of the training program. …

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