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Good Kids, Difficult Behavior: A Guide to What Works and What Doesn't Paperback – January 15, 1997


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 147 pages
  • Publisher: Wellness Connection; 2 Reprint edition (January 15, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0965635341
  • ISBN-13: 978-0965635349
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.4 x 10.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #588,839 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"...a great addition to our school system's teacher resources. Clear, concise, common sense and appropriate for today's students. Many of our principals are making it mandatory that their teachers read this." -- Jean Gaissert, LPC, Student Assistance Program Facilitator, Clayton County Public Schools, GA

"For me, pages 102-105 about identifying a child's strengths are worth the price of admission all by themselves-but that happens again and again in this book full of great wisdom. Joyce Divinyi's views on choice and consequences are wonderfully useful and smart. -- Gavin de Becker, Bestselling author of The Gift of Fear and Protecting the Gift

"Joyce Divinyi has answers that really work for today's kids who are often times "saddled" with problems of unbelievable proportions with firmness and love. I appreciate Joyce's approach of dealing with these kids." -- Sandra Kidd, Assistant Principal, Fayette County Schools, Georgia

"Joyce has a rare understanding of the complexities of child behavior management. It is very easy to take a harsh and discipline approach, but it is more effective to be creative. I found the book very readable, practical and creative." --Jeff Turley, M.D., Board Certified Child, Adolescent and Adult Psychiatrist

From the Author

After completing my training as a psychotherapist, I was asked to take over the management of a therapeutic group home for adolescents. In that situation and in my experience of training thousands of parents and professionals, I have seen well meaning and caring strategies get the exact opposite response from the ones t hey were trying to achieve with difficult children. I became determined to develop new approaches to working with these kids that would not only promote appropriate behavior, but would also encourage them to strive for personal success. The most rewarding experience in working with the toughest kinds of these kids for many years is when parents and professionals say to me, "This really works." The best part of what works is that it is a "Win Win" for everyone.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Colleen M. McDonald on November 20, 1998
Format: Paperback
A seal on the cover of this book advertises, "Parents or Professionals: Step by Step Help for the Discipline Resistant Child." A fairly good description of the contents. The book was written by a therapist with experience in residential treatment programs. Its language and presentation make it accessible to the "lay person," though I think the book is more geared for professionals. The emphasis is on strategies for handling youngsters who are angry and defiant, though there is also information on self-care as a part of coping. There is also a short section on ADHD and an appendix on suicide. The advice in this book is not earthshaking, but I found it to be practical and realistic. I read it from the perspective of being a foster parent and found it helpful in that regard.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By David McKoy on April 10, 2000
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This is a 5 Star book. Until I read this book I throught that I was the only one that believed in holding kids accountable for their actions. The same strategies outlined in this book worked for me the 22 years I spent in the Marine Corps. I can't begin to count the times that I've had young people come back an tell me that the strategies I used in working with them was just what they needed, it makes them think before they act. If you use the strategies outlined in this book, you will not go wrong. And the best part is that the kids will come back and thank you later for helping turn their lives around.
Thank You Again, Joyce for putting it into simple, easy to use strategies, as well as common sense.
Semper Fi!
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By Rosa on March 22, 2014
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I thought it Provided useful examples and it was an easy read. I look forward to applying some of the strategies.
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By Uniquely Me on May 19, 2013
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I interned at a youth organization and everything in this book was helpful. She discussed all of the things someone will experience working with or even living with kids. She even gave the readers meaningful advice. It was a very interesting book.
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By Teresa Skinner on January 21, 2013
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I have not had a chance to read much of it but what I have read is really good and makes sense.
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