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Parent-Child Interaction Therapy

Parent-child interaction therapy (PCIT) is an evidence-based treatment for caregivers of children between 2 and 7 years of age with disruptive behavior problems. Developed by Sheila Eyberg, PCIT incorporates components of operant theory, Diana Baumrind’s parenting theory, attachment theory play therapy, and coercion theory to train parents in skills to improve the parent-child relationship and decrease disruptive behavior. There are several aspects of PCIT that distinguish it from other intervention programs for parents and caregivers. First, PCIT implements direct, real-time parent coaching to provide immediate feedback to parents as they work on appropriate interaction skills with their child. Coaching occurs behind a two-way mirror using a bug-in-the-ear hearing device. Caregivers are coded using a specialized system to measure and track their progress over time. ...

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