The Handbook of Parenting brings together in a single volume much of the theoretical and empirical knowledge and aspects of professional activity within the broadly defined field of parenting. Contributions are presented from an internationally renowned group of scholars known for their work in a range of disciplines, including child and family psychology, education and family studies, providing an accessible map of the major debates in theory, research and practice in this important and exciting field. The material is presented comprehensively. It encompasses essential policy and professional issues in all the main areas of current concern from parenting in culturally divergent settings, to parenting children with special needs in areas of physical, mental, social and educational functioning, to looking at ways in which the wider community and technological advances may be able to provide parenting support. Published in a single-volume format, this handbook will prove an invaluable and essential resource. Academics, researchers, practitioners and advanced students in a host of disciplines will gain from its breadth, wealth of information and enormous insight into the principal issues related to parenting theory and practice in the 21st century. The distinctive contribution of this handbook is to present a vast body of research and other information in a manner that is usable by practitioners in a wide range of child and parental support activities.

Parenting Antisocial Children and Adolescents

Parenting Antisocial Children and Adolescents

Parenting antisocial children and adolescents


Countless studies have shown that one of the most consistent areas of a child's life found to contribute to both the development and the treatment of antisocial behavior is the family. Positive parenting practices, such as a supportive parent-child relationship, authoritative discipline methods, and close supervision, are major protective factors against the development of antisocial behavior.

In this chapter, we give a historical overview of how parents became involved in the treatment of child antisocial behaviors, followed by a review of the ‘core issues’ central to parenting interventions, including a discussion of developmental and contextual variables. The chapter presents an example of a well-established parent training program, and concludes with sections that address challenges frequently faced by ...

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