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Before It's Too Late: Why Some Kids Get Into Trouble--and What Parents Can…

by Stanton Samenow

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Samenow, one of the world's leading experts on the criminal personality, rejects the standard liberal explanations that attribute crime to various sociological factors. Instead, he roots crime in an individual's volitional mental processes that are out of touch with reality. Samenow's previous book, *Inside the Criminal Mind*, focused on criminal thinking in adults; his new book examines the precursors of adult criminal thinking in children.

The "pre-criminal" child resembles the adult criminal in many ways. He thinks that other people exist only to gratify his wants. He is indifferent to the pain and harm he causes others, including his parents. He has pretentious aspirations and lies constantly, not only to get what he wants but also for the sheer "pleasure" he gets from deceiving others. He has no interest in working to achieve values; he wants immediate gratification and a constant series of thrills; he always blames others for his problems. Although Samenow stresses that parents are not necessarily to blame for their children's irrational behaviour, he discusses errors some parents make which serve to reinforce or encourage the child's bad moral choices. These parental errors include: outright denial of the child's antisocial behaviour, failure to be firm and consistent, unwillingness to demand accountability, acceptance of the child's rationalizations. But Samenow does not merely describe how a child's character can go wrong. He takes the positive step of giving parents invaluable advice on what they can actually do to *discourage* incipient delinquency.

This is a short, highly readable book, full of fascinating examples from Samenow's clinical experience. It is useful for parents, teachers, social workers and anyone else who deals with children. ( )
1 vote Toolroomtrustee | Sep 14, 2010 |
This book helped me to discipline when I really didn't want to but knew I should. It's worth reading if you've got a child who's acting up and you don't know why or what to do. Especially if you're a softy with a history of being a "good kid," like myself. Enlightening. ( )
  abcornils | Sep 21, 2006 |
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This is a body of work which gives concerned parents and professionals instructive insight into the personality of "problem children" and gives practical suggestions for taking corrective and remedial steps before it's too late.

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