Helping Families with Troubled Children: A Preventive Approach / Edition 2

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The growing incidence of mental health problems and offending in adolescents suggests that preventive work with parents remains a critical area. This suggestion has been confirmed by longitudinal research that shows, for example, that children whose mothers are stressed in pregnancy are in danger of developing hyperactivity.

In Helping Families with Troubled Children, Carole Sutton stresses the importance of working with families before difficult behaviour becomes entrenched and resistant to intervention. This preventive work should take place from pregnancy onwards.

Drawing on social learning theory and cognitive behavioural principles, Sutton provides a structured approach to Intervention (ASPIRE - Assessment, Planning, implementation, Review and Evaluation). This approach will guide practitioners to work supportively with parents.

This second edition has been updated with the latest research findings in a number of areas of children's difficulties. There are specific chapters on sleep problems, anxiety and depression, eating problems, wetting and soiling, serious behaviour problems and ADHD.

The book contains black-and-white illustrations.

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" .. a comprehensive text for helping children and their families which focuses on early intervention and prevention." (Community Care, August 2006)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470015490
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 7/18/2006
  • Edition description: Revised Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 338
  • Product dimensions: 6.24 (w) x 9.11 (h) x 0.94 (d)

Meet the Author

Carole Sutton is Associate Director of the Unit for Parenting Studies at De Montfort University. She originally worked as a social worker in the fields of health, mental health and children and families, where her experiences as a practitioner and as a parent led to an interest in preventive work to support young families. She studied for a degree in psychology and then for a doctorate in parent education, working with Professor Martin Herbert. She is a chartered psychologist. This book has grown out of her subsequent experiences  of  teaching and training professional workers, health visitors, social workers in field and residential settings, psychologists, family therapists, teachers and doctors and supporting parents in helping their troubled children.

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Table of Contents

Pt. I Some general principles for helping families 9
1 Research concerning troubled children 11
2 Social learning/cognitive-behavioural theory 33
3 Engaging and supporting parents and families 68
4 ASPIRE - assessment 84
5 ASPIRE : planning, implementation, review and evaluation 105
Pt. II Helping families with specific difficulties 129
6 Helping families with children who are anxious or depressed 131
7 Helping families with children's sleeping problems 158
8 Helping families with children with eating problems 180
9 Helping families with children with serious behaviour problems 198
10 Helping families with children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder 224
11 Helping families whose children wet or soil 244
12 Parent education and training : values and research 263
App. 1 Form for assessment of child behaviour difficulty 277
App. 2 Form for recording 'life events' for the family and child 282
App. 3 Form for obtaining ratings on the life events scale 283
App. 4 Form for compiling summary of information relevant to assessment 285
App. 5 Form for noting A-B-C sequences 286
App. 6 Form for charting behaviours 287
App. 7 Form for eight-week charting of positive and negative behaviours 288
App. 8 Form for planning with parents 290
App. 9 Parenting positively : some notes for parents 291
App. 10 Weekly sleep chart 292
App. 11 Guidelines for good practice of behavioural and cognitive psychotherapy 293
App. 12 Form for framing an agreement between a worker and a client 298
App. 13 Form for framing an agreement in one-to-one or family work 299
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