ISBN# 9781462509508
Defiant Children: A Clinician's Manual Third Edition

Publication Date: 2013
Russell A. Barkley, Ph.D.ABPP, ABCN

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About the Author

Russell A. Barkley, PhD, ABPP, ABCN is Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the Virginia Treatment Center for Children and Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine. Dr. Barkley has worked with children, adolescents, and families since the 1970s and is the author of numerous bestselling books for both professionals and the public, including Taking Charge of ADHD and Your Defiant Child. He has also published six assessment scales and more than 280 scientific articles and book chapters on attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, executive functioning, and childhood defiance, and is editor of the newsletter The ADHD Report. A frequent conference presenter and speaker who is widely cited in the national media, Dr. Barkley is past president of the Section on Clinical Child Psychology (the former Division 12) of the American Psychological Association (APA), and of the International Society for Research in Child and Adolescent Psychopathology. He is a recipient of awards from the American Academy of Pediatrics and the APA, among other honors. His website is


A perennial bestseller from a leading authority, this book provides an effective 10-step program for training parents in child behavior management skills (ages 2 to 12). Professionals get proven tools to help parents understand the causes of noncompliant, defiant, oppositional, or socially hostile behavior at home or in school; take systematic steps to reduce it; and reinforce positive change. Comprehensive assessment guidelines are included. In a large-size format for easy photocopying, the volume features numerous reproducible parent handouts and two rating scales (the Home Situations Questionnaire and the School Situations Questionnaire). Purchasers get access to a Web page where they can download and print the reproducible materials.

  1. Chapters
    Prerequisite Information for Using the Program
    The Rationale for the Program
    Clinical Assessment of Defiant Children
    Practical Considerations in Parent Training
    An Overview of the Parent Training Program
  2. Guidelines for Therapists in Conducting the Program<
    Step 1. Why Children Misbehave
    Step 2. Pay Attention!
    Step 3. Increasing Compliance and Independent Play
    Step 4. When Praise Is Not Enough: Poker Chips and Points
    Step 5. Time Out and Other Disciplinary Methods
    Step 6. Extending Time Out to Other Misbehavior
    Step 7. Anticipating Problems: Managing Children in Public Places
    Step 8. Improving School Behavior from Home: The Daily School Behavior Report Card
    Step 9. Handling Future Behavior Problems
    Step 10. Booster Session and Follow-Up Meetings
  3. Assessment Materials
  4. Form 1. General Instructions for Completing the Questionnaires
    Form 2. Child and Family Information
    Form 3. Developmental and Medical History
    Form 4. Home Situations Questionnaire
    Form 5. School Situations Questionnaire
    Form 6. How to Prepare for Your Child's Evaluation
  5. Parent Handouts
    Parent Handout for Step 1. Profiles of Child and Parent Characteristics
    Parent Handout for Step 1. Family Problems Inventory
    Parent Handout for Step 1. Diagram of Oppositional Defiant Intervention
    Parent Handout for Step 2. Paying Attention to Your Child's Good Play Behavior
    Parent Handout for Step 3. Paying Attention to Your Child's Compliance
    Parent Handout for Step 3. Giving Effective Commands
    Parent Handout for Step 3. Attending to Independent Play
    Parent Handout for Step 4. The Home Poker Chip/Point System
    Parent Handout for Step 5. Time Out!
    Parent Handout for Step 7. Anticipating Problems: Managing Children in Public Places
    Parent Handout for Step 8. Using a Daily School Behavior Report Card
    Parent Handout for Step 9. Managing Future Behavior Problems