Oppositional Defiant Disorder through an Adlerian Lens

The rate of oppositional defiant disorder diagnosis is increasing in the U.S. across all samples in all studies, emphasizing the necessity for its understanding. In this paper, a literature review of the description, etiology, preventative measures, and treatment of oppositional defiant disorder is conducted. An emphasis on the perspective of Alfred Adler and his cohorts, past and present, is explored. All behavior is purposeful. Children with oppositional behaviors are not sick, only discouraged, and they have a purpose for their behavior. This paper explains their purpose and focuses on their health through the Adlerian concepts of encouragement and social interest.

Michael Dean Lindemann
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