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Disruptive Behavior Disorders
Evidence-Based Practice for Assessment and Intervention

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ISBN 9781462527724
Published July 20, 2016 by Guilford Press
304 Pages


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Book Description

Schools often resort to ineffective, punitive interventions for the 10% of K-8 students whose challenging behavior interferes with their own and their classmates' learning. This book fills a crucial need by describing ways to provide meaningful supports to students with disruptive behavior disorders. Prominent authority Frank M. Gresham weaves together current research, assessment and intervention guidelines, and illustrative case studies. He reviews a broad range of evidence-based practices and offers recommendations for selecting, implementing, and evaluating them within a multi-tiered framework. Coverage includes school- and home-based approaches, multicomponent programs, prevention strategies, and social skills training.

Table of Contents

1. Characteristics, Correlates, Causes, and Outcomes of Disruptive Behavior Disorders in Children and Youth
2. Evaluating, Selecting, and Implementing Evidence-Based Practices in School Contexts: Key Issues and Recommendations
3. Evidence-Based Assessment Strategies: Screening, Identification, Progress Monitoring, and Outcomes
4. Issues and Guidelines in Implementing Interventions
5. Evidence-Based School Interventions: A Multi-Tiered Approach
6. Evidence-Based Home Interventions
7. Evidence-Based Multicomponent Interventions
8. Primary Prevention Strategies
9. Replacement Behavior Training Strategies
10. Case Study Applications for Best Practices, with Kelsey Hartman and Rachel Olinger Steeves

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Frank M. Gresham, PhD, is Professor in the Department of Psychology at Louisiana State University. He is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association (APA) and of APA Divisions 16 (School Psychology), 5 (Quantitative and Qualitative Methods), and 53 (Society for Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology). He is a recipient of the Lightner Witmer Award and the Senior Scientist Award from APA Division 16. Dr. Gresham is one of the few psychologists to be awarded Fellow status in the American Association for the Advancement of Science. His research and more than 260 publications address topics including social skills assessment and intervention, response to intervention, and assessment and interventions for students with emotional and behavioral disorders. He is codeveloper of the Social Skills Improvement System Rating Scales.


"Serving the needs of children with disruptive behavior disorders is a major challenge for schools today. All readers, regardless of their professional training, will treasure this book. As he has done throughout his career, Gresham writes clearly and comprehensively about best practices. The singular focus on disruptive behavior disorders ensures complete coverage of etiology, assessment, treatment, and prevention. As a text, this book is equally well suited for special education and school psychology courses; instructors will find the 'Case Study Applications for Best Practices' especially useful."--J. Ron Nelson, PhD, Department of Special Education and Communication Disorders, University of Nebraska–Lincoln

"Gresham is a top leader in the field of emotional and behavioral disorders, and his experience and expertise are evident in this highly useful volume. The book offers a concise, practical, and thorough presentation of key issues in supporting positive outcomes for students with disruptive behavior disorders. The case studies concretely illustrate how to identify students with disruptive behavior disorders at the first sign of concern, and how to design, implement, and evaluate evidence-based strategies, practices, and programs within multi-tiered systems of support that are comprehensive and integrated."--Kathleen Lynne Lane, PhD, BCBA-D, Department of Special Education, University of Kansas

"This outstanding book is unlike anything I have seen in my 40-plus years of working with school-related behavior disorders. It meets a glaring need for a roadmap for assessment and intervention with this very at-risk and underserved student group. Gresham's knowledge of causal factors, intervention procedures, and assessment methods is unparalleled. Readers will emerge with a superb understanding of ways to improve the life chances of students with disruptive behavior disorders and meaningfully involve school staff and parents in the process."--Hill M. Walker, PhD, Department of Special Education and Clinical Services (Emeritus), University of Oregon; Senior Scientist, Oregon Research Institute

"Gresham provides a comprehensive perspective on the multifaceted issues involved in understanding and managing disruptive behavior disorders. The book describes evidence-based practices ranging from prevention and screening to tertiary-level interventions and in-home strategies for parents. This is an ideal resource for practitioners and educators who work directly in classroom settings with diverse learners. It should certainly be a required text for courses focused on school psychological services, school mental health, and multi-tiered systems of support for students experiencing emotional and behavioral challenges in schools."--Katina M. Lambros, PhD, BCBA-D, School Psychology Program, San Diego State University
-_x000D_Dr. Gresham's book provides a comprehensive study of the etiology of disruptive behavior disorders, and discusses their multi-faceted and complex origins, including both 'within child' and environmental influences….The book provides a useful and structured discussion of evidence-based practice in meeting the needs of children whose behavior can be overwhelming for many school systems….At the end of each chapter there is a summary of the main points, which is helpful given the level of detail in the book and the numerous references for research, published programs, interventions, ideas, and psychological theories.--Association for Child and Adolescent Mental Health, 1/14/2016