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Listed below are books recommended by PATH.


Lost Boys: Why Our Sons Turn Violent & How We Can Save Them
by James Garbarino
A leading psychologist examines the recent explosion of adolescent violence, identifies children at risk, and offers proven methods to prevent aggressive behavior. Read more...


Raising Resilient Children in a Socially Toxic Environment
by James Garbarino
The world has become a socially toxic place, dangerous to the health and well-being of children and adolescents. This extraordinary books offers a ray of hope, explaining not only how a socially toxic world affects child development, but how parents, policy makers and concerned citizens can take action and make a major difference.Read more...


The Explosive Child: A New Approach for Understanding and Parenting Easily Frustrated, 'Chronically Inflexible' Children
by Ross Greene
His text is long and serious, and has the advantage of covering an enormous amount of ground with nuance, detail, and sympathy, but also perhaps the disadvantage that only those parents who are not chronically tired and time-deprived are likely to get through the entire book. Quoted dialogue from actual sessions wit parents and children is interspersed with analysis that is always oriented toward understanding the origins of "meltdowns" and developing workable strategies for avoidance. Read more...


Your Defiant Child: Eight Steps to Better Behavior
by Russell Barkley & Christine Benton
Every child has "ornery" moments, but more than 1 in 20 American children exhibit behavioral problems that are out of control. For readers struggling with an unyielding or combative child, this book offers the understanding and guidance they need. Read more...


Defiant Teens: A Clinician's Manual for Assessment and Family Intervention
Russell A. Barkley, Gwenyth H. Edwards, Arthur L. Robin
"Barkley, Edwards, and Robin provide an extremely practical and practitioner-friendly guide for working with teens who are noncompliant and defiant toward their parents. Importantly, the intervention manual synthesizes best practices that are developmentally sound and empirically based. Read more...


The Challenging Child: Understanding, Raising and Enjoying Five 'Difficult' Types of Children
by Stanely Greenspan and Jacqueline Salmon
The Challenging Child offers calm, reassuring advice to parents. Stanley I. Greenspan is a practicing child psychiatrist and helps parents dealing with all types of difficult children. He reveals the parenting patterns to avoid and helps adults tailor their approach to a child's particular needs. Read more...


Reviving Ophelia: Saving the Selves of Adolescent Girls
by Mary Pipher
Pipher's alarming tales of a generation swamped by pain may be partly informed by her role as a therapist who sees troubled children and teens, but her sketch of a tougher, more menacing world for girls often hits the mark. She offers some prescriptions for changing society and helping girls resist. Read more...


Ophelia Speaks: Adolescent Girls Write About Their Search for Self
by Sara Shandler
Shandler reveals telling portraits of teenage girls in this book, a compilation of essays, poems, and true-grit commentary from a cross section of teenage girls (or Ophelias), throughout the country. The book succeeds because it gives voice to their deepest concerns and their too-often frenzied lives. Read more...


The Skills of Helping Individuals, Families, Groups and Communities
by Lawrence Shulman
Advances theory and practice models that acknowledge and incorporate recognition of, and building upon, clients' strengths and learned coping skills. The textbook has been a staple in the classroom and in the field for more than 100,000 social-work students in the U.S. and Canada since it first was published. Read more...


Stress, Coping & Relationships in Adolescents
by Inge Seiffge-Krenke Read more...