Oregon Social Learning Center News

August 5, 2014

A Social Learning Approach, Volume 1: FAMILIES WITH AGGRESSIVE CHILDREN

This manual describes a research-based treatment program for children with conduct problems. Step-by-step guidelines are presented for conducting therapy sessions and teaching parents effective family management skills. Families with Aggressive Children provides a useful perspective on family intervention strategies. (Publisher: Castalia Publishing Company, Eugene, OR. Date: 1975)

ANTISOCIAL BEHAVIOR IN CHILDREN AND ADOLESCENTS: A developmental analysis and model for intervention

Modern theories of child development say that, to understand aggressive behavior, we must look within the child. This volume says otherwise: to change aggressive behavior, we must change the environment in which the child lives. Antisocial Behavior in Children and Adolescents discusses empirically proven approaches to reducing the occurrence and severity of antisocial behavior, beginning […]

A Social Interactional Approach, Volume 4: ANTISOCIAL BOYS

Antisocial Boys advances the theory presented in Volume 3: Coercive Family Process. It describes the models of antisocial behavior and delinquency that have been developed by Dr. Patterson and colleagues based on the findings from their longitudinal study. Relevant studies of other investigators are also reviewed. The relationship among the variables that contribute to children’s […]

A Social Learning Approach, Volume 3: COERCIVE FAMILY PROCESS

This book systematically reviews the empirical data and clinical observations underlying Dr. Patterson’s widely acclaimed coercion theory. The theory is a performance model of aggressive and antisocial behavior in children, with profound implications for research and clinical intervention strategies. Coercion theory provides a conceptual framework for describing the processes that disrupt families and contribute to […]

A Social Learning Approach, Volume 2: OBSERVATION IN HOME SETTINGS

This book provides an in-depth look at the Family Interaction Coding System (FICS), a sophisticated assessment instrument used to record interactions between family members. This coding system enables researchers and family therapists to monitor clinical cases, systematically assess the outcome of family intervention programs, and build a data base for studying aggressive and out-of-control behaviors […]

PREVENTIVE PARENTING with Love, Encouragement, and Limits: The Preschool Years

This book offers sensible solutions to everyday problems such as not minding, whining, and temper tantrums. It explains how parents can prevent misbehavior by supporting children’s positive efforts and good behavior. This book was designed for parents with toddlers and young children. (Publisher: Castalia Publishing Company, Eugene, OR. Date: 1996).


Family Problem Solving builds on the concepts presented in The Basics. The focus of Family Problem Solving is on helping family members learn to work together to resolve daily hassles and serious problems without getting angry. Topics covered in the book include improving communication and negotiation skills, family meetings, brainstorming and evaluating solutions to problems, […]


This book introduces key social learning concepts and discusses the issues involved in raising well-adjusted teenagers. A proven step-by-step approach is presented to both reduce conflict and build stronger ties between parents and teens. Part 1: The Basics covers such topics as encouraging cooperation, monitoring activities, building self-esteem, and effective discipline practices. Parents and Adolescents […]

FAMILIES: Applications of Social Learning to Family Life

Families describes effective child management strategies and concepts that can be utilized by parents and family therapists. The first half of Families examines reinforcement concepts and describes how to use contracts and time out to change behavior. The second half of the book shows parents how to apply social learning principles to reduce the occurrence […]

LIVING WITH CHILDREN, New Methods for Parents and Teachers

This straightforward book uses a programmed format to explain how children learn behavior and how they actually change the behavior of their parents and other family members. It is written for parents and teachers who have little or no background in social learning theory. Living with Children shows how to encourage desirable behaviors in children […]

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