Parent Training Interventions

Part of the Autism and Child Psychopathology Series book series (ACPS)


Parent training involves teaching parents and primary caregivers how to address and intervene with their children’s problem behaviors. These types of interventions have gained increasing popularity over the past several decades. Additionally, they have a strong evidence base supporting positive outcomes for both parents’ and children’s behavior, from different theoretical orientations, and across a number of populations and problems. Several behavioral parent training programs have been developed that teach a number of different skills including attending, rewarding, giving effective instructions, ignoring, and time-out. This chapter discusses and reviews many of these parent training programs and their supporting evidence. Current and anticipated trends such as the increasing use of technology in parent training and the dissemination of parent training programs to different countries and cultures are also discussed. Overall, while the field of parent training and its future looks bright, more work is needed to better understand what specific variables contribute to the effectiveness of parent training programs and what works best for whom.


Parent training Evidence-based intervention Behavior modification Disruptive behavior ADHD Autism Spectrum Disorder 


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  • Nicholas Long
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  • Mark C. Edwards
    • 1
  • Jayne Bellando
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PediatricsUniversity of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and Arkansas Children’s HospitalLittle RockUSA

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