“I think I’m worried about my kid,”
by Alan E. Kazdin & Carlo Rotella, Slate Magazine (May 2009)

At the end of our last article, “The Messy Room Dilemma,” which was about deciding when to let an unwanted behavior slide and when to correct it, we promised to consider a related question: How do you decide whether to seek professional help in dealing with a child’s misbehavior? Families come to the Yale Parenting Center and Child Conduct Clinic because they were referred by a school official or a pediatrician, because Family Services or a judge ordered them to, or because the parents decided on their own that they needed help managing their children’s behavior. Even if parents are inclined to let a problem fade away on its own, and even if it’s likely to, they’re not always in a position to wait for nature to take its course…

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