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Preventing Violence the Problem-Solving Way
(NCJ 172847) April 1999
OJJDP Family Strengthening Series, Bulletin, 12 page(s)
Shure, M. B.
Based on more than 20 years of research on specific interpersonal cognitive problem-solving skills, intervention methods were developed to test the hypothesis that behavior can be modified by focusing on the thinking processes rather than the behaviors themselves. These skills relate to high-risk behaviors that may develop into serious problems such as violence and substance abuse. This approach to childrearing deals with social cognition and social adjustment. Its central theme is that certain interpersonal cognitive thinking skills play a crucial role in the social adjustment of both parent and child. This Bulletin describes the use of these skills by Raising a Thinking Child, a primary prevention program for parents and their children ages 4 to 7, through its "I Can Problem Solve" curriculum.
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