Efficacy of adjunct in-home coaching to improve outcomes in parent-child interaction therapy

Susan Goff Timmer, Nancy M. Zebell, Michelle A. Culver, Anthony J. Urquiza

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Objectives: The purpose of this study is to test whether increasing the exposure to coaching by adding an in-home component to clinic-delivered Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) will increase the speed of parenting skill acquisition and show greater improvements in children's behaviors and parental stress. Methods: Seventy-three parent-child dyads participating in clinic-based PCIT are randomly assigned to an adjunct PCIT or Social Support treatment group. The sample of children is 58% male and ranges in age from 1.7 to 8.2 years. Results: Analyses show that participation in adjunct PCIT services is associated with greater use of positive verbalizations and leads to improvement on measures of parent functioning. Conclusions: The meaning of these findings with respect to change and the process of treatment is discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)36-45
Number of pages10
JournalResearch on Social Work Practice
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2010


  • Adjunct services
  • In-home services
  • Parent-Child Interaction Therapy
  • Treatment outcomes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Psychology(all)


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