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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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What Every Parent Should Know About Timeouts

By Dr. Alan E. Kazdin  /  December 10, 2014
Timeouts are a disciplinary tool that is widely misunderstood and frequently misused. Everyone has heard of timeouts, and they seem...
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How To Get Children To Behave Without Hitting Them

By Dr. Alan E. Kazdin  /  September 19, 2014
There's plenty of evidence that spanking, paddling or hitting children doesn't improve their behavior in the long run and actually...
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Why We Aren’t The Parents We Know We Could Be

By Dr. Alan E. Kazdin  /  June 23, 2014
Most parents I know suffer from occasional — or constant — eruptions of parental self-judgment: moments when they feel they...
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Parenting Tips for Changing Kids’ Behavior — Without Screaming

By Dr. Alan E. Kazdin  /  July 15, 2013
or even the most seasoned parents, everyday responsibilities like enforcing bedtimes, establishing good eating habits and managing sibling infighting can...
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