Integrated Family Intervention for Child Conduct Problems: A behaviour-attachment-systems intervention for parents

Mark Dadds and David Hawes

University of New South Wales



"Parents are often trapped in a coercive system in which the daily toll of dealing with misbehaviour leaves them with little positive emotion left to give. Even parents who have been trained in positive parenting fall short of showing enough attachment-rich behaviour. In this treatment program we emphasise interactions applied to non-problematic child behaviour that are rich in caring and shared time. The use of tokens and other artificial rewards are replaced by a focus on love, intimacy and acceptance."

Integrated Family Intervention is a practitioner-focused practical and efficacious family-based treatment for conduct problems, incorporating current empirical knowledge of child and family functioning, and extensive clinical experience. The book provides practitioners with a comprehensive theoretical background, research review, practical advice, and a complete manualised 9-session treatment guide including client handouts. The techniques covered are relevant to all clients struggling to manage their child's behaviour.

Integrated Family Intervention is primarily targeted at children aged 2 to 8 years with conduct problems such as aggression, non-compliance, rule breaking, tantrums, and fighting with siblings. It can be used in a range of contexts from face-to-face individual tertiary treatment to an early intervention for families at risk, and as a universal preventive strategy for all parents in a group format.

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About the Author

Mark Dadds is currently Professor of Psychology at the University of New South Wales, Sydney Australia, and Senior Research Fellow of the National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia. He was previously Co-Director of the Griffith Adolescent Forensic Assessment and Treatment Centre, and Director of Research in the School of Applied Psychology, Griffith University. He directs several national intervention programs for children, youth, and their families, at risk for mental health problems. These programs have been implemented in each state in Australia and in Canada, the USA, Belgium, and Holland. He has been National President of the Australian Association for Cognitive and Behavioural Therapy, Director of Research for the Abused Child Trust of Queensland, and a recipient of several awards including an Early Career Award from the Division of Scientific Affairs of the Australian Psychological Society and a Violence Prevention Award for the Federal Government via the Institute of Criminology. He has authored 4 books and over 100 papers on child and family psychology.
David Hawes is a clinical psychologist and early career researcher. He is currently a postdoctoral fellow at the School of Psychology, University of New South Wales, Australia, where he also lectures in developmental psychology. He has published research into early intervention for conduct problems in children at risk for chronic and severe antisocial behaviour, and the clinical assessment of childhood psychopathology and parenting practices. This research has been presented at international conferences in the United States, Europe, and Australia. His clinical experience in child and family intervention encompasses community settings, controlled trials, and private practice.