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Timothy A. Cavell & Paul S. Strand

In: Handbook of Dynamics in Parent-Child Relations

Chapter 19: Parent-Based Interventions for Aggressive Children: Adapting to a Bilateral Lens

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Parent-Based Interventions for Aggressive Children: Adapting to a Bilateral Lens
Parent-based interventions for aggressive children: Adapting to a bilateral lens
Timothy A.CavellPaul S.Strand

In this chapter, the focus is not on a particular aspect of the parent-child relationship but on a specific subgroup of parents and children. Our concern is with those children who frequently use aggression and other forms of antisocial behavior to meet their needs and influence others. Researchers have long recognized that such children wield considerable power in their families (Patterson, 1976). Unlike the vast majority of parents who are relatively comfortable accepting children's influence and tolerating intrafamilial conflict (Kuczynski, Chapter 1, this volume), parents of aggressive children often feel inept and under siege (Webster-Stratton & Spitzer, 1996). In families with aggressive children, the ...

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