Encyclopedia of Couple and Family Therapy

2019 Edition
| Editors: Jay L. Lebow, Anthony L. Chambers, Douglas C. Breunlin

Patterson, Gerald

  • Shalini Lata MiddletonEmail author
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-49425-8_726


Gerald R. Patterson, Ph.D. (1926–2016)


Gerald Patterson was a research scientist who significantly contributed to our understanding of coercive and antisocial behaviors in children. His work made him a pioneer in psychology, specifically in a theory of aggression, parent-training forms of intervention, and multiple-method measurement with emphasis on direct observation of family interaction. His books on parenting are still widely used by both parents and mental health professionals today.


Gerald Patterson attended Northland College in Ashland, Wisconsin, from 1946 to 1947 and Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peters, Minnesota, from 1947 to 1948. He got both his Bachelor of Science and Master of Arts in Psychology from the University of Oregon, Eugene, in 1951. He later received his Ph.D. in Psychology in 1956 at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis.

Dr. Patterson started his career as an Instructor in Medical Psychology at the Psychiatric Institute of the...

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  1. Patterson, G. R. (1971). Families: Application of social learning to family life. Champaign: Research Press (Also in Family Process, 1976, 15, 2, 265–273).Google Scholar
  2. Patterson, G. R. (1982). Coercive family process. Eugene: Castalia Publishing.Google Scholar
  3. Patterson, G. R., & Forgatch, M. S. (1987). Parents and adolescents: I. Living together. Eugene: Castalia Publishing Company.Google Scholar
  4. Patterson, G. R., Reid, J. B., & 1940- & Dishion, Thomas J & Oregon Social Learning Center. (1992). Antisocial boys. Eugene: Castalia.Google Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Alliant International UniversitySacramentoUSA

Section editors and affiliations

  • Corinne Datchi
    • 1
  • Ryan M. Earl
    • 2
  1. 1.Seton Hall UniversitySouth OrangeUSA
  2. 2.The Family Institute at Northwestern UniversityEvanstonUSA