Treating The Disruptive Adolescent / Edition 1

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This book offers clinicians an effective method of diagnosing, managing, and treating oppositional, resistant, and disruptive older children and adolescents. Dr. Bustamante understands oppositional states as an expression of the teenager's uncertainty about his own identity and alienation from his true self. Attempts to curb rebellion that rely solely on firm behavioral limits will fail, because they thwart rather than promote development and disregard the real meaning of the disruptive behavior. The author's approach is a sensitive and creative alternative to treating this difficult population, one that offers hope and attainable goals.

"...provides clinicians with an effective method of dealing with oppositional, resistant, & disruptive older children & teenagers...special strategies for school failure problems, neurotic parents, excessive aggression, & drug abuse."

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Editorial Reviews

Robert Mendelsohn
This is a much-needed book on a topic of critical importance: treating the destructive and oppositional child and adolescent. If the events of the past few years have taught us anything at all, it is that we need to revisit our conceptions of childhood and adolescence. We need to understand what it is that goes wrong with such children and how we can help them. Dr. Bustamante offers a fresh and comprehensive view of assessment and intervention with this population. His clinical examples are both helpful and enlightening. I strongly recommend this wonderful book.
Edward M. Hallowell
This book about ODD adolescents provides valuable and original insights into the world of the oppositional teenager. The creative interventions will be extremely useful to seasoned clinicians as well as to newer members of the mental health field.
Presents clinicians with a method of diagnosing, managing, and treating oppositional, resistant, and disruptive older children and adolescents. Bustamante, a clinical and child psychologist, understands oppositional states as an expression of the teenager's uncertainty about his own identity and alienation from his true self. His approach includes a method for engaging the adolescent in a cooperative assessment of his own personality and problems, a three- step intervention to reverse the core symptoms of ODD, and a parenting component based on natural consequences. Special intervention strategies for school failure, excessive aggression, negative peer influences, and drug involvement are presented. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780765702357
  • Publisher: Aronson, Jason Inc.
  • Publication date: 2/1/2000
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 496
  • Product dimensions: 6.42 (w) x 9.26 (h) x 1.28 (d)

Meet the Author

Eduardo M. Bustamante, Ph.D., is a clinical and child psychologist and has been practicing in Amherst, Massachusetts, for the last fifteen years.

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Table of Contents

Pt. I Understanding Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD)
1 Thinking Developmentally 3
2 ODD as Two Minds at Odds 27
Pt. II Assessment
3 Evaluation: A Strategic Approach 53
4 The Assessment Proper 85
Pt. III Treatment
5 Step 1: Taking Failure to the Limit 117
6 Step 2: Turning Failure into Growth 133
7 Step 3: Addressing the Two-Mind Split 185
Pt. IV Special Problems
8 Special Problem 1: School Failure 227
9 Special Problem 2: Parental Neurosis 275
10 Special Problem 3: Excessive Aggression 313
11 Special Problem 4: Negative Peer Influences 353
12 Other Special Problems and Contraindications 395
Epilogue 427
App. A The Prevalence and Prognosis of Disruptive Behavior Disorders in Children 429
App. B Family Ticket 445
References 447
Supplementary Readings 455
Index 459
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