Research has proven behavior modification techniques used by parents are effective in treating defiant behaviors in children.
by ADDitude Editors
Psychologists often teach parents of children who exhibit oppositional or defiant behavior, a trait often found concurrent with AD/HD, to use behavior modification tools. Recently, University of North Carolina-Greensboro psychologists studied these strategies and concluded that they work.
The researchers studied families with one or more defiant child who participated in a "parent training program." Typical strategies taught in such programs include positive attention for good behavior, ignoring inappropriate behavior, token reward systems, and time-outs. The results of this study were published in the Journal of Family Practice.