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Integrating Behaviorism and Attachment Theory in Parent Coaching


Part of the SpringerBriefs in Psychology book series (BRIEFSPSYCHOL)

Also part of the SpringerBriefs in Child Development book sub series (BRIEFSCD)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Two Models for Viewing Parent-Child Interactions: Behaviorism and Attachment Theory

  3. Integrated Model for Coaching Positive Parenting

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 53-53
    2. Beth Troutman
      Pages 75-84
    3. Beth Troutman
      Pages 95-105
    4. Beth Troutman
      Pages 107-124
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 125-126

About this book


This practical guide provides a robust positive-parenting framework for professionals coaching parents of infants, toddlers, and primary school children. The first half of the book explains behaviorist and attachment theories of parenting, comparing, contrasting, and synthesizing them into an effective, research-informed approach to practice. The second half shows these guidelines in action, using play therapy as a means to improve disruptive child behaviors, correct harsh parenting practices, and address root causes of adversarial parent-child relationships. Throughout these chapters, vivid composite cases demonstrate not only common parent-child impasses but also therapist empathy, flexibility, and self-awareness.

This innovative text:

  • Makes a rigorous case for a combined behavioral/attachment approach to parent coaching.
  • Reviews current data on behavioral and attachment-based parenting interventions.
  • Details the use of an attachment-informed approach to providing behavioral interventions such as Parent-Child Interaction Therapy and Helping the Noncompliant Child.
  • Illustrates how parent coaching can be tailored to match different patterns of attachment.
  • Includes tools for evaluating coaching sessions.

Integrating Behaviorism and Attachment Theory in Parent Coaching is an essential guide for professionals, graduate students, and researchers in clinical, child and school psychology, social work, pediatrics, mental health counseling, and nursing.


Attachment theory Attachment theory and behaviorism Attachment-informed parent coaching Early childhood behavior Early childhood interventions Early childhood mental health Evidence-based parenting interventions Evidence-based psychotherapy Infant attachment Infant behavior and development Infant mental health PCIT Parent education Parent management training Parent-Child Interaction Therapy Parent-child interventions Parenting interventions Social learning theory Video feedback

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PsychiatryUniversity of Iowa Carver College of MedicineIowa CityUSA

About the authors

Beth Troutman, Ph.D., is a Clinical Professor in Psychiatry at the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine. Her teaching, research, and clinical work has focused on improving parent-child interactions for more than 30 years. She has had a foot in more than one theoretical camp since graduate school, conducting research on parenting self-efficacy, temperament, and attachment theory and disseminating Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT), a behavioral model for improving parenting.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Integrating Behaviorism and Attachment Theory in Parent Coaching
  • Authors Beth Troutman
  • Series Title SpringerBriefs in Psychology
  • Series Abbreviated Title SpringerBriefs in Psychology
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Author(s) 2015
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Behavioral Science Behavioral Science and Psychology (R0)
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-319-15238-7
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-319-15239-4
  • Series ISSN 2192-8363
  • Series E-ISSN 2192-8371
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XV, 126
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Child and School Psychology
    Social Work
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