The Case of Oppositional Cooperation
Problems of behavior or conduct in school-age children are quite common in both mental health and medical settings. Specific presenting problems often include defiant behavior, temper tantrums, hitting siblings and/or parents, impulsivity, short attention span, and other socially frowned-upon actions. Children exhibiting these behaviors are typically assigned diagnoses in the American Psychiatric Association Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders-Revised Edition (1987) such as Attention Deficit-Hyperactivity Disorder or Oppositional/ Defiant Disorder.
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