Challenging foster caregiver - Maltreated child relationships: The effectiveness of parent-child interaction therapy

Susan Goff Timmer, Anthony J. Urquiza, Nancy Zebell

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This study describes the effectiveness of parent-child interaction therapy (PCIT), an evidence-based treatment for abused children, for 75 non-relative foster parents and their foster children compared with 98 non-abusive biological parent-child dyads referred for treatment because of the children's behavior problems. Results showed decreases in child behavior problems and caregiver distress from pre- to post-treatment for both foster and biological parent-child dyads, revealing no differences in the effectiveness of this treatment for foster parents compared with non-abusive biological parents.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-19
Number of pages19
JournalChildren and Youth Services Review
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2006



  • Foster caregiver
  • Maltreated child
  • Parent-child interaction therapy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Education
  • Sociology and Political Science

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