Child Behavior Problems – Parent-Child Communication

What are Child Behavior Problems?

Behavior disorders are considered a mental health problem which violates the rights of others and disrespect social norms. The diagnosis is given when a child’s behavior significantly and negatively affects social, occupational or school functioning. Many patients with behavioral disorders were diagnosed in childhood with Oppositional Defiant Disorder or Conduct Disorder. Untreated children may develop later in adolescence or adulthood Anti-social Personality Disorder or criminal behavior. Symptoms include: breaking the law; breaking curfew; cutting school; running away from home; violence toward others or toward animals; threats; bullying; using weapons; theft; robbery; blackmailing; burglary; forced sexual interactions; property destruction; arson; pathological lying. Behavior disorders are most common among adolescents, especially when there are risk factors such as: family conflict; social/economic distress; and parental anti-social behavior.

What is the treatment for Child Behavior Problems?

Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) has much to offer child behavioral problems. One solution is to provide a more therapeutic environment at home via providing the parents or family with guidance on what limits to set, how to enforce those limits, how to communicate with the child in a manner which reinforces feelings of security and self-worth, how to help the child develop positive outlets for their emotions, etc. At the CBT Institute, the therapy model includes an option for an in-the-field liaison to help with adopting changes in actual settings.

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