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Helping the Noncompliant Child
Parent Education: Family Management

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> Helping the Noncompliant Child

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The Helping the Noncompliant Child parent-training program, formulated by Forehand and McMahon (1981; McMahon & Forehand, in press), is based on a parent-training program originally developed by Dr. Constance Hanf. The former program has been targeted for use with parents and their three- to eight-year-old children who are noncompliant and/or have other conduct problems as well as other high-risk populations. The program uses interactive family sessions during which therapists focus on skill building. The long-term goals of the parent-training program are to prevent serious behavior problems in preschool and early elementary school-age children and to stave off juvenile delinquency. Short-term and intermediate objectives include (1) disruption of coercive styles of parent-child interaction and establishment of positive, prosocial interaction patterns; (2) improved parenting skills; (3) increased child prosocial behaviors; and (4) decreased conduct problem behaviors in their children.

(Adapted from information on the Strengthening Families website, 2002, www.strengtheningfamilies.org, and used with the permissions of Strengthening America's Families Project—Effective Family Programs for the Prevention of Delinquency, and the Department of Psychology, University of Washington, Seattle)


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Research shows that this program helps children to improve problem behaviors and helps parents to interact with their children in a more positive manner.

(Adapted from information on the Strengthening Families website, 2002, www.strengtheningfamilies.org, and used with the permissions of Strengthening America's Families Project—Effective Family Programs for the Prevention of Delinquency, and the Department of Psychology, University of Washington, Seattle)



 
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