Parent Training

Parent training teaches caregivers specialized skills to reduce a child’s behavior problems, improve the quality of the child’s relationships, and increase developmentally appropriate, adaptive functioning. In clinical practice, parent training is often used to treat children with a range of difficulties, including disruptive behaviors, autism spectrum disorders, anxiety, trauma, and developmental delays. It may be used exclusively to treat child behavior problems or, in many cases, used in conjunction with other treatment methods. A family’s particular difficulty and treatment goals determine the treatment approach. Evidence-based parent training research commonly shows that families receiving specialized parent training have clinically significant, positive gains that endure for years compared with families that do not receive training.

Alan Kazdin, an expert in the field of parent training and evidence-based ...

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