Encyclopedia of Couple and Family Therapy

2019 Edition
| Editors: Jay L. Lebow, Anthony L. Chambers, Douglas C. Breunlin

Parent-Child Interaction Family Therapy

  • Jiwon YooEmail author
  • Minsun Lee
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-49425-8_167

Name of Model

Parent-Child Interaction Therapy


Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) is an evidence-based treatment for families of children with behavioral issues (e.g., aggression, defiance, and temper tantrums) and disruptive behavioral disorders (e.g., Oppositional Defiant Disorder and Conduct Disorder). PCIT involves working directly with children and their parents to improve children’s behavioral problems, families’ parenting skills, the parent-child interaction patterns, and the overall quality of the parent-child relationship. The PCIT therapist coaches parents in two broad skills: Child-Directed Interaction and Parent-Directed Interaction. The former involves helping the parents to play with their child in supportive ways to strengthen their bond with the child, whereas the latter involves enhancing parents’ management of the child’s disruptive behaviors. PCIT often consists of in vivo training of parents, with the therapist observing the parent-child...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Seton Hall UniversitySouth OrangeUSA

Section editors and affiliations

  • Corinne Datchi
    • 1
  • Ryan M. Earl
    • 2
  1. 1.Seton Hall UniversitySouth OrangeUSA
  2. 2.The Family Institute at Northwestern UniversityEvanstonUSA