Book Review of Helping the Noncompliant Child

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  • Topic: Conduct disorder, Oppositional defiant disorder, Parenting
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Debra Langer
HBSK 4073
Book Review

McMahon, R.J. & Forehand, R.L. (2003). Helping the noncompliant child: family-based treatment for oppositional behavior. New York: The Guilford Press.

Summary

The purpose of this book is to provide a detailed description of the empirically validated Helping the Non-Compliant Child (HNC) program – a program created to help parents improve their children’s (ages 3-8) noncompliant and oppositional behavior.

Chapter 1 provides background information on noncompliance by discussing the role of compliance and noncompliance in normal development and by highlighting the role of noncompliance in the development of conduct problems early in life. The authors stress that current research indicates that noncompliance at a young age is a keystone behavior in the development of severe conduct problems later in life. This chapter includes a review of the DSM-IV child behavior disorders associated with child noncompliance as well as the DSM-IV symptoms of oppositional defiant disorder and conduct disorder. Finally, Chapter 1 provides a description of the intrinsic (e.g. neuropsychological variations, child temperament, social-cognitive skills) and extrinsic risk factors (e.g. inadequate and punitive parenting practices, parental and/or interparental distress, parental antisocial behavior, parental alcohol consumption) for early-starting conduct problems.
Chapter 2 provides an overview of the development of parent training as an intervention model for treating child conduct problems.
Chapter 3 gives an detailed overview of the HNC program. This chapter details the basic requirements for the successful application of the program, including where sessions should take place, who the participants should be (parents and child), how to arrange the furniture for the sessions, length of sessions (75-90 minutes) and optimum number of sessions (5-14). Most importantly, this chapter summarizes the five core parenting...
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