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Your Defiant Child

Second Edition
Eight Steps to Better Behavior

Russell A. Barkley and Christine M. Benton

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Discover a way to end constant power struggles with your defiant, oppositional, “impossible” 5- to 12-year-old, with the help of leading child psychologist Russell A. Barkley. Dr. Barkley's approach is research based, practical, and doable—and leads to lasting behavior change. Vivid, realistic stories illustrate what the techniques look like in action. Step by step, learn how you can:
Thoroughly revised to include the latest resources and 15 years' worth of research advances, the second edition also reflects Dr. Barkley's ongoing experiences with parents and kids. Helpful questionnaires and forms can be downloaded and printed in a convenient 8½“ x 11” size.

Mental health professionals, see also the related title, Defiant Children, Third Edition: A Clinician's Manual for Assessment and Parent Training. For a teen focus, see also Defiant Teens, Second Edition (for professionals), and Your Defiant Teen, Second Edition (for parents), by Russell A. Barkley and Arthur L. Robin.

Winner— Parents' Choice “Approved” Award

“Authoritative, clear, empathic, structured, and evidence based, the second edition of Your Defiant Child surpasses the first, which is no easy feat. A 'must read' for parents worried about a child's oppositional, aggressive, or defiant behavior.”

—Stephen P. Hinshaw, PhD, Department of Psychology, University of California, Berkeley

“Dr. Barkley is a leader in the field who provides families with proven strategies for dealing with very challenging problems. The entire book reflects his research, experience, and wisdom. The book is informed by feedback from the many parents who have benefited from this approach, and includes practical examples and pointers for putting the techniques into action.”

—Charles E. Cunningham, PhD, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurosciences, McMaster University, Canada

“Dr. Barkley provides sound advice for parents based on many years of research. This is a well-written, easy-to-follow guide for improving your child's behavior.”

—Rex L. Forehand, PhD, coauthor of Parenting the Strong-Willed Child

Table of Contents


I. Getting to Know Your Defiant Child

1. "Is Something Wrong with My Child?"

2. "Why Is This Happening to My Family?"

3. "What Should I Do about It?"

4. Words to Live By: The Foundation of Better Behavior

II. Getting Along with Your Defiant Child

5. Step 1: Pay Attention!

6. Step 2: Start Earning Peace and Cooperation with Praise

7. Step 3: When Praise Is Not Enough, Offer Rewards

8. Step 4: Use Mild Discipline—Time-Out and More

9. Step 5: Use Time-Out with Other Misbehavior

10. Step 6: Think Aloud and Think Ahead—What to Do in Public

11. Step 7: Help the Teacher Help Your Child

12. Step 8: Moving toward a Brighter Future


About the Authors

Russell A. Barkley, PhD, ABPP, ABCN, is Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine. Dr. Barkley has worked with children, adolescents, and families since the 1970s and is the author of numerous bestselling books for both professionals and the public, including Taking Charge of ADHD and Your Defiant Child. He has also published six assessment scales and more than 300 scientific articles and book chapters on attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, executive functioning, and childhood defiance, and is editor of the newsletter The ADHD Report. A frequent conference presenter and speaker who is widely cited in the national media, Dr. Barkley is past president of the Section on Clinical Child Psychology (the former Division 12) of the American Psychological Association (APA), and of the International Society for Research in Child and Adolescent Psychopathology. He is a recipient of awards from the American Academy of Pediatrics and the APA, among other honors. His website is

Christine M. Benton is a Chicago-based writer and editor.


Parents who wish to make lasting changes in their 5- to 12-year-old's behavior; also of interest to mental health professionals.
Previous editions published by Guilford:

First Edition, © 1998
ISBN: 9781572303218