Parent-Child Interaction Therapy: Case Study of Application to a Parentally Bereaved Child
Ronda K Franke*
Department of Pediatrics, Division of Child Development, Morsani College of Medicine, University of South Florida, USA
- *Corresponding Author:
- Ronda K Franke
Department of Pediatrics, Division of Child Development
Morsani College of Medicine, University of South Florida
E-mail: [email protected]
Received Date: May 04, 2016, Accepted Date: May 17, 2016, Published Date: May 24, 2016
Citation: Franke RK (2016) Parent-Child Interaction Therapy: Case Study of Application to a Parentally Bereaved Child. J Child Adolesc Behav 4:293. doi:10.4172/2375-4494.1000293
Copyright: © 2016 Franke RK. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) is an empirically supported therapy used to treat young children with behavior problems. The literature on parentally bereaved children indicates that they are at an increased risk for behavior problems and psychopathology. There is minimal literature to describe the efficacy of current intervention programs in reducing this risk for children under the age of 6 years. PCIT is designed to improve the quality of the parent child relationship and increase the parents’ use of effective discipline; two factors which are strongly correlated with decreased risk for psychopathology. This article presents a case study describing the use of PCIT with a parentally bereaved preschool child experiencing behavioral problems and symptoms of depression. At the end of treatment the child’s behavior had significantly improved and symptoms of depression were no longer observed. These findings suggest that PCIT may be an effective therapy for reducing the risk of behavior problems and psychopathology in young children.