Helping parents deal with children's acute disciplinary problems without escalation: The principle of nonviolent resistance

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Abstract

There are two kinds of escalation between parents and children with acute discipline problems: (a) complementary escalation, in which parental giving-in leads to a progressive increase in the child's demands, and (b) reciprocal escalation, in which hostility begets hostility. Extant programs for helping parents deal with children with such problems focus mainly on one kind of escalation to the neglect of the other. The systematic use of Gandhi's principle of "nonviolent resistance" allows for a parental attitude that counters both kinds of escalation. An intervention is described, which allows parents to put this principle into practice.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)53-66
Number of pages14
JournalFamily Process
Volume40
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 2001

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