FAMILIES: Applications of Social Learning to Family Life

By Gerald R. Patterson, Ph.D.

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 of common behavior problems such as teasing and temper tantrums. Suggestions are included for dealing with more serious problems such as aggression and stealing. Families is appropriate for parents of children ages 3 to 10 years old. (Publisher: Research Press, Champaign, IL. Date: Revised edition, 1975.)

LIVING WITH CHILDREN, New Methods for Parents and Teachers

By Gerald R. Patterson, Ph.D.

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 while gradually eliminating problem behaviors such as whining and noncompliance. Living with Children is appropriate for parents with children 2 to 8 years old. (Publisher: Research Press, Champaign, IL. Date: Revised edition, 1976.)


By Gerald R. Patterson, Ph.D.; Marion S. Forgatch, Ph.D.

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 gives parents the tools they need to keep their children on track through the teenage years. This book was written for parents of teens. (Publisher: Research Press, Champaign, IL. Date: 2nd edition, 2005.)


By Marion S. Forgatch, Ph.D.; Gerald R. Patterson, Ph.D.

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, and how to handle sensitive situations. The book helps parents teach their teens to be responsible about schoolwork, drugs and alcohol, and sexual behavior. This book was written for parents of teens. (Publisher: Research Press, Champaign, IL. Date: 2nd edition, 2005.)

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

By Tom Dishion, Ph.D.; Scot Patterson

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).