This book by Dr. David b. Stein, published in 1990, focuses on what society has come to know as “oppositional and defiant adolescents.” These teens typically display abusive and disruptive behavior to parents, teachers, other authority figures, friends and family members. It can be difficult to effectively treat these behaviors, since these teens do not respond well to conventional psychotherapy. As a result, many time teens with oppositional and defiant behavior are hospitalized.
This is why Dr. Stein has introduced this book to help treat teens exhibiting these behaviors. Controlling the Difficult Adolescent: The R.E.S.T. Program targets parents and teachers, showing them how they can correct these behaviors in teens without resorting to hospitalization. In the beginning, solid and clear rules and expectations are set for the teen’s behavior. These rules are enforced by methodically regulating the teen’s economic resources.
The methods Dr. Stein introduces in Controlling the Difficult Adolescent: The R.E.S.T. Program are backed by solid research and are guaranteed to bring results for a better behaved, more productive, more obedient, happier and more peaceful teen. Topics addressed in the book’s various chapters include suicide, substance abuse, lying, aggression, poor school performance and discipline/punishment. Not only will teens that are treated with this program have happiness and success for themselves, but their relationships with those around them will also thrive.
About the Author
Dr. David B. Stein is a psychologist who worked as a clinical practitioner and professor of psychology in Virginia. He also was deputized with the Prince George Co. Police Department in Virginia, and worked as a criminal profiling consultant for Petersburg and Virginia State Police. Dr. Stein is an accomplished author who spent most of his career fighting against and exposing the evils of using amphetamine drugs such as Ritalin to treat children with ADD and ADHD. His other books include The Psychology Industry Under a Microscope, Ritalin is Not the Answer: A Drug-Free Practical Program for Children Diagnosed with ADD or ADHD, Unraveling the ADD/ADHD Fiasco, and Stop Medicating, Start Parenting. He passed away in 2016 at the age of 73 years old, and is survived by his wife, two sons and two grandchildren.