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Ten to fifteen percent of children ages two to seven exhibit significant problems with disruptive behavior (e.g. defiance or aggression). Rates of disruptive behavior are even higher among children with a variety of risk factors (e.g. maltreatment, changes in caregivers, and/or in utero exposure to substances) or among children with other disorders (e.g. attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, intellectual disability, or autism spectrum disorders).
Parent-child interaction therapy (PCIT) is an evidence-based intervention developed by Sheila Eyberg, PhD, professor emeritus at the University of Florida, to reduce disruptive behavior. Parent-child interaction therapy (PCIT) works with parents and children together to promote a positive parent-child relationship while decreasing the child’s behavior problems. Adaptations of parent-child interaction therapy (PCIT) have been used to address depression, separation anxiety disorder, and autism spectrum disorders in young children.
The training and research program for parent-child interaction therapy (PCIT) at the University of Iowa strives to improve access to parent-child interaction therapy (PCIT). Our goal is for the families of young children exhibiting behavioral and emotional problems to be able to obtain effective interventions in their local communities.