The effectiveness of parent-child interaction therapy with depressive mothers: The changing relationship as the agent of individual change

Susan Goff Timmer, Lareina K L Ho, Anthony J. Urquiza, Nancy M. Zebell, Erik Fernandez y Garcia, Deanna Boys

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Abstract

This study uses a multi-method approach to investigate the effectiveness of Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) in reducing children's behavior problems when parents report clinical levels of depressive symptoms. Participants were 132 children, 2-7 years of age, and their biological mothers, who either reported low (N = 78) or clinical levels of depressive symptoms (N = 54). Results showed that depressive mothers were likely to report more severe child behavior problems than non-depressive mothers at the pre-treatment assessment, but that depressive mothers reported greater reductions in child behavior problems than non-depressive mothers from pre- to post-treatment. The two groups showed similar levels of observed interaction quality at the pre-treatment assessment (i.e., parent and child emotional availability and parent verbalization patterns) and similar improvements in interaction quality from pre- to post-treatment. The implications of the findings for clinical practice were discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)406-423
Number of pages18
JournalChild Psychiatry and Human Development
Volume42
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 2011

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Keywords

  • Maternal depression
  • Parent-child interaction therapy
  • Treatment outcomes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology

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The effectiveness of parent-child interaction therapy with depressive mothers : The changing relationship as the agent of individual change. / Timmer, Susan Goff; Ho, Lareina K L; Urquiza, Anthony J.; Zebell, Nancy M.; Fernandez y Garcia, Erik; Boys, Deanna.

In: Child Psychiatry and Human Development, Vol. 42, No. 4, 08.2011, p. 406-423.

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Timmer, Susan Goff ; Ho, Lareina K L ; Urquiza, Anthony J. ; Zebell, Nancy M. ; Fernandez y Garcia, Erik ; Boys, Deanna. / The effectiveness of parent-child interaction therapy with depressive mothers : The changing relationship as the agent of individual change. In: Child Psychiatry and Human Development. 2011 ; Vol. 42, No. 4. pp. 406-423.
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