Reviewer: Nicholas Greco IV, MS, BCETS, CATSM, FAAETS (C3 Education and Research, Inc.)
Description: This book is successful in its attempt to describe in detail empirically-proven approaches to reduce the occurrence and level of severity of antisocial behavior in children. It is based upon ongoing research at the Oregon Research Center.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide a comprehensive developmental model for intervention of conduct problems. Additionally, the book explores the extension of the authors' models for application to other relevant clinical problems. Considering the importance of the proper development of children and adolescents, the book meets the objectives.
Audience: The book will be of greatest value to clinicians, researchers, and other mental health professionals who work with children and adolescents. The authors are undoubtedly credible authorities and clearly have extensive research and clinical experience.
Features: As the authors' goal was to organize their research and thinking about the development of antisocial behavior from toddler to adolescence, this book thus is organized around Coercion Theory. The book focuses on the developmental process of antisocial behavior behind which is a series of social interactional processes, parental influences, etc., which expand into greater and greater problems and difficulties for the developing child/adolescent. The interventions which have been developed at the Oregon Social Learning Center are provided and supported by relevant data.
Assessment: This is a valuable book for the mental health field and more specifically to child and adolescent clinicians. This will be a welcome book for clinicians in their efforts to provide proper interventions.