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Reviewed in the United States on September 23, 2020
The “what we can do about it” is missing. Read example after example of the antisocial child to the point of skipping whole paragraphs to get to the part where it gives actual solutions. No techniques, no advice... wasted my time. Conclusion... take your child to a shrink for 2 years so they can teach your child to look at things differently.
5.0 out of 5 starsThe book does not provide false or easy solutions for dealing with difficult children but emphasizes parenting ...
Reviewed in the United States on June 16, 2015
The item was as advertised. The book presents case studies of clients the author has worked with and provided counseling to. Since the book was written in the 80's the examples don't reflect the ubiquitous technology and Internet, issues parents face today, but still provides insight into the anti-social personality. The traits he outlines are universal despite the passage of time and will help parents determine if they need to pay attention to the patterns of behavior described in the examples he provides. The book does not provide false or easy solutions for dealing with difficult children but emphasizes parenting consistency, oversight, and not turning a blind eye or making excuses for their kids. I wish I would've had this book when I was raising my difficult child. It is a valuable resource.
This book was recommended by Dr. Laura Schlesinger on her Sirius talk show (who I think very highly of) and I'm reading it for educational purposes. I have a young granddaughter and want to learn everything I can that might be helpful. Thank you!
I read this book years ago and quoted from it in my latest book, Effective Discipline the Montessori Way. He makes an excellent case for the position that kids have free will and make their own choices, and are therefore responsible for their own behaviors.
5.0 out of 5 starsI have personally benefited from it and have recommended it to clients with parenting issues
Reviewed in the United States on March 8, 2015
If you're struggling with getting in control of your kids (even if they are adults!) this can be VERY helpful. I have personally benefited from it and have recommended it to clients with parenting issues.
Reviewed in the United States on November 20, 2009
I have been a teacher most of my life. Not all students come to you in a mannerly fashion and ready to work. This book compares the traits of the average child to those of an antisocial youth. There definitely seems to be an early behavior pattern to that of the antisocial child.
This is a good book for those in education, law enforcement, and especially parents trying to understand why their child may act the way he does. It is stressed that environment may enter into why a child is the way he/she is, but that untimately choice to behave this way belongs to the youth himself.
I am only halfway through the book so a few surprises may still be in the last pages.