Cognitive Behavior Therapy for the Group-Based Treatment of Oppositional Youth

  • John E. Lochman
  • Caroline Boxmeyer
  • Nicole P. Powell
  • Karen C. Wells


Aggression is one of the most stable problem behaviors in childhood (Lochman, Barry, Powell, Boxmeyer, & Holmes, 2008), and may escalate over time to include a wide range of severe antisocial behaviors in adolescence (Loeber, 1990). The negative developmental trajectory for aggressive children can lead to poor adjustment in the middle school years (Coie, Lochman, Terry, & Hyman, 1992) and to negative outcomes in adolescence such as drug and alcohol use, truancy and dropout, delinquency, and violence (e.g., Lochman & Wayland, 1994). The negative trajectory continues into adulthood for a portion of these children, with higher rates of criminal convictions and antisocial behavior (Cernkovich & Giordano, 2001). Because of the serious negative outcomes that can occur for aggressive children, intervention is critically important. Two related evidence-based interventions that will be discussed in this chapter are the group-based Anger Coping Program and the Coping Power Program. The Coping Power program is a multicomponent intervention that has 34 child sessions and 16 parent sessions (Lochman & Wells, 1996). The Coping Power child component evolved from the earlier 18-session Anger Coping program (Lochman, Nelson & Sims, 1981).


Antisocial Behavior Aggressive Child Anger Management Coping Statement Deviancy Training 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • John E. Lochman
    • 1
  • Caroline Boxmeyer
    • 1
  • Nicole P. Powell
    • 1
  • Karen C. Wells
    • 2
  1. 1.The University of AlabamaTuscaloosaUSA
  2. 2.Duke University Medical CenterDurhamUSA

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