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3 Myths About Your Teen’s Bad Attitude

By Dr. Alan E. Kazdin  /  December 12, 2017
Does this scenario feel familiar? Marisa is 12-and-a-half years old. She has become moody and irritable, wants much more private...
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Addressing the Treatment Gap

By Dr. Alan E. Kazdin  /  October 23, 2017
Although he is retiring, Dr. Kazdin will be continuing his research into innovative ways to close the treatment gap between...
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What to Do When Your Kid Tells Lies

By Dr. Alan E. Kazdin  /  October 19, 2017
Getting your children to stop lying even in normal circumstances is challenging in part because there are many influences in...
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Pros and cons of ditching clothes when you have kids

By Dr. Alan E. Kazdin  /  October 19, 2017
Growing up Catholic, there wasn’t even a question about everyone wearing clothes in Lori Sapio’s house. Today in her own...
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Why Do People Think Animals Make Good Therapists?

By Dr. Alan E. Kazdin  /  October 16, 2017
Molly Crossman and Alan Kazdin of the Yale University Psychology Department addressed this issue in a study recently published in...
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The Discipline Wars

By Dr. Alan E. Kazdin  /  June 5, 2017
Studies show that spanking doesn't work, yet most Americans still believe in it. Here's why it persists and what works...
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Can You Discipline Your Child Without Using Punishment?

By Dr. Alan E. Kazdin  /  February 15, 2017
When we talk about discipline, we usually refer to the efforts by parents and teachers to reduce or eliminate annoying...
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Parent Acts: How to deal with a defiant child

By Dr. Alan E. Kazdin  /  August 5, 2016
"The problem with 'defiance' is that it puts something in the child," said Alan Kazdin, professor of psychology and child...
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No Spanking, No Timeout, No Problem

By Dr. Alan E. Kazdin  /  March 5, 2016
A child psychologist argues punishment is a waste of time when trying to eliminate problem behavior. Try this instead.
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When Your Kid Whines, Screams, Hits, Kicks, and Bites — Relax

By Dr. Alan E. Kazdin  /  September 14, 2015
When I told my wife I was writing a story about an illustrious child psychologist, she said, half-jokingly, “See if...
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