Dr. Gerald R. Patterson

Dr. Gerald R. Patterson
Gerald R. Patterson

Gerald R. Patterson, Ph.D, (1926–2016) was founder of the Oregon Social Learning Center in Eugene, where he continued his distinguished career as a research scientist and principal investigator. He devoted more than 40 years to the study of processes that disrupt family functioning and the development of "coercion theory," a data-based schema that explains these processes. Dr. Patterson published numerous scientific articles and book chapters and is the author of the best-selling parenting manuals Living with Children and Families.

Living with Children was the first book published by Research Press. For Research Press publisher and founder Bob Parkinson and first-time author Gerald Patterson, the publication marked the beginning of careers dedicated to helping children learn and grow in an ever-changing world.

For more information about Dr. Patterson’s memoir Free and Moving, please visit his website.

Books by Author

Raising Cooperative Kids: Proven Practices for a Connected, Happy Family
Proven Practices for a Connected, Happy Family

Not since Dr. Benjamin Spock’s The Common Sense Book of Baby and Child Care published in 1946 has there been such a comprehensive book on parenting. Raising Cooperative Kids focuses on children from toddlerhood to early teens, picking up where Spock’s book leaves off.

Parents and Adolescents Living Together: Part 1: The Basics
Part 1: The Basics

Part 1: The Basics provides parents with the skills they need to survive the teenage years. Shows how to apply common-sense techniques to pr

Parents and Adolescents Living Together: Part 2: Family Problem Solving
Part 2: Family Problem Solving

Part 2: Family Problem Solving provides detailed guidelines for talking about issues and resolving problems with a minimum of conflict. Offe

Part 1 covers issues such as teaching compliance, using requests that work, monitoring and tracking, and discipline.

Parts 1 and 2
Living With Children: New Methods ofr Parents and TeachersLiving with Children: New Methods for Parents and TeachersLiving with Children: New Methods for Parents and Teachers
New Methods for Parents and Teachers

This easy-to-understand book shows how children learn behavior and how they actually train adults to behave. It helps parents learn when, where, and how to respond to and change children's behavior.

Families: Applications of Social Learning to Family Life
Applications of Social Learning to Family Life

This book helps parents recognize the crucial role they play in shaping their children's behavior.