I heard an interview with the author on the radio and decided to read his book because of it. Some of the case studies cited in the book are very eye-opening. His system is a points/reward type system, and while this may sound very common, his descriptions of why and how these methods work is very convincing. It has to do with developing the new habit, and not the perceived bribery involved. Very interesting stuff.
I also appreciated that he included a section on how to decide whether to get professional help and what questions to ask when seeking professional help. For someone with a family situation that is beyond a self-help book, I thought that well-written chapter could be immensely helpful to someone with a family crisis due to an out-of-control child.
Alisa O. (Aa) reviewed The Kazdin Method for Parenting the Defiant Child: With No Pills, No Therapy, No Contest of Wills on
Helpful Score: 2
This book is a more detailed and specific method for implementing the type of discipline that you see on shows like supernanny when the kids are getting stickers on a chart or flowers in a jar or whatever. It is based on the idea of using as much positive reinforcement as possible for the behavior you want to see, and no enforcement (or a minimum of negative enforcement) for behavior you don't want to see. If you were ever unclear on how reward charts work, this is the book for you. This method works great for the normal tempered child who just needs a little motivation. It only antagonizes the "spirited" or "sensitive" child who doesn't need motivation but lacks impulse control.