From what kind of self-control can children benefit?

T. Ronen*

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Meta-analyses have raised doubts concerning the effectiveness of cognitive methods for treating children's disorders. This article contends that these doubts stem predominantly from the lack of a basic theoretical model for treating children with cognitive therapy, in contrast with the paradigm existing for adults. In view of the variety of different cognitive techniques used to solve children's problems, this article presents an adaptation to children of Rosenbaum's (1993) three types of self-control as a model for reference and comparison: redressive, reformative, and experiential. It is suggested that most children can benefit from cognitive therapy in general and from self-control training in particular. This can occur if treatments are designed in terms of developmental stage, socioeconomic background, and the nature of children's problems regarding etiology and overcontrolled versus undercontrolled disturbances. This report aims to facilitate the therapist in adapting the appropriate cognitive techniques to the child's specific behavioral problem, needs, and cognitive style.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)45-61
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of Cognitive Psychotherapy
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1995


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