"PCIT is a short-term, specialized behavioral parent training program for young children (2-7 years) and their caregivers. PCIT is an exceptionally effective treatment, backed by over 30 years of research. Originally developed to treat disruptive behavior disorders (e.g., oppositional defiant disorder, ADHD), PCIT is also effective for more mild behavioral concerns as well as the treatment of childhood trauma. Moreover, PCIT is a best practice for the prevention of child maltreatment.
PCIT has been implemented among young children with mild developmental disabilities, autism spectrum disorder, hearing impairment/deafness, traumatic brain injuries, and chronic medical conditions, as well as among children in foster care. Adaptations of PCIT have been developed for toddlers, children with sexualized behavior, and childhood anxiety. Researchers have adapted PCIT for delivery in schools, in the home, and via telehealth. Moreover, PCIT has been evaluated among families from minoritized ethnic/racial backgrounds in the United States, and is currently implemented in nine other countries, with positive outcomes across cultural groups.
Early intervention programs such as PCIT can create a positive pathway for children and families. Longitudinal research on PCIT has demonstrated positive long-term treatment gains among families that completed PCIT, as compared to families who did not engage in PCIT."
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