This is kind of interesting for parents, & is perhaps a question that is sometimes overlooked (for a range of family pressure reasons) – Family system therapy (the whole family – what makes this behaviour work for the child?) Is this another way for parents to gain insight into their child & their problematic behaviours? Are such behaviours inadvertently being reinforced – that is, encouraged further.
source: iTunesU podcast @ parenting part 1 [UMBC] Presentation date: 31 May 2007]
PSYC 200 Child Developmental Psychology audio