Behavioral issues in children can include, but are not limited to, patterns of hostility, disobedience and defiant behaviors directed at adults and authority figures, to difficulty attending to homework and household tasks, as well as frequent or intense tantrums and refusal to interact with others. Behavioral issues are often due to a combination of temperament issues of individual, in interaction with how the environment responds to that individual.
Parent management training consists of sessions that parents attend to learn specific skills based in behavioral theory to improve their children’s behavior. Considered a gold standard of treatment for children with conduct or oppositional behavior, these same skills are also used to effectively reduce behavior related to anxiety and emotion regulation. Treatment courses for parent management training are typically short-term, but these sessions are often incorporated into a course of individual treatment for children to help reinforce skills learned in therapy.