Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Parenting as a Form of Therapy

In a comprehensive review, the American Psychological Association urged in August that for childhood mental disorders, “in most cases,” nondrug treatment “be considered first,” including techniques that focus on parents’ skills, as well as enlisting teachers’ help.

Some researchers and doctors are looking again at how inconsistent, overly permissive or uncertain child-rearing styles might worsen children’s problems, and how certain therapies might help resolve those problems, in combination with drug therapy or without drugs.

It has almost become standard practice for all adults to turn to medications before attempting some type of behavioral interventions for students or children. We need to look at some of these interventions first.

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