Journal of Clinical Psychology in Medical Settings

, Volume 16, Issue 3, pp 263–269 | Cite as

Brief Behavioral Intervention for Young Children with Disruptive Behaviors

  • Marni E. Axelrad
  • Beth H. Garland
  • Kelly Brey Love


Parent reported behavioral difficulties in young children are relatively common. Without adequate intervention, some children will later present with more severe problem behaviors. Parent management training is one of the best methods of treatment for behavior problems; however, existing treatments can be lengthy and difficult to conduct outside of a research setting. The Brief Behavioral Intervention was designed as a briefer version of a manualized parent management training treatment package. Thirty-one parents of children aged 2–6.5 presenting with behavior problems were included in this initial study of treatment effectiveness. Based on parent and teacher report, treatment was effective in a mean of 7.2 sessions.


Preschool Behavior Brief Parent training Parenting Oppositional defiant disorder Disruptive behavior disorder Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Marni E. Axelrad
    • 1
  • Beth H. Garland
    • 2
  • Kelly Brey Love
    • 3
  1. 1.Psychology Service, Texas Children’s Hospital, Department of PediatricsBaylor College of MedicineHoustonUSA
  2. 2.Adolescent Medicine, Texas Children’s Hospital, Department of PediatricsBaylor College of MedicineHoustonUSA
  3. 3.Educational PsychologyUniversity of Nebraska-LincolnLincolnUSA

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