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Behavioral Family Interventions for Improving Child-rearing: A Review of the Literature for Clinicians and Policy Makers

  • Ted K. Taylor
  • Anthony Biglan
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This paper reviews evidence that behavioral family interventions are effective at improving child-rearing in distressed families and families with children exhibiting disruptive behavior. Essential therapeutic strategies offered within a collaborative therapeutic process are identified. Exemplary materials for parents and clinicians are identified. Differences between behavioral family interventions and two popular press parenting approaches are highlighted, including the lack of empirical support for these widely used programs and the advice they offer which runs counter to behavioral approaches. Recommendations are offered for combining behavioral family interventions with other empirically supported approaches, promoting more widespread use of empirically supported treatments, such as behavioral family interventions, and the need for a public health perspective on family functioning, involving collaboration among clinicians, policy makers, and researchers.

Behavioral social learning family children family interventions parent training conduct disorder conduct problems literature review treatment child abuse Attention Deficit Disorder 

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  • Ted K. Taylor
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  • Anthony Biglan
    • 1
  1. 1.Center for Community Interventions on ChildrearingOregon Research InstituteEugene

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