Overview of Parent-Child Interaction Therapy

  • Cheryl Bodiford McNeil
  • Toni L. Hembree-Kigin
Part of the Issues in Clinical Child Psychology book series (ICCP)


A 3-year-old boy, “Christopher,” ran recklessly around the playroom overturning chairs and tables, stopping just long enough to poke a Lincoln Log in his mother’s face and yell, “Stupid bitch! I’m gonna kill you! Pottyhead.” She had come for help after awakening from a nap to find her young son hovering over her with a kitchen knife. Christopher’s mother had a history of being abused by her step-father and was now in a violent relationship with her spouse. Christopher had witnessed many confrontations between his parents including incidents in which his father choked his mother, a vase was thrown and shattered on a wall, and both of his parents shouted obscenities at each other. Christopher was exhibiting serious aggression both at home and toward other children at daycare.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Cheryl Bodiford McNeil
    • 1
  • Toni L. Hembree-Kigin
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyWest Virginia UniversityMorgantownUSA
  2. 2.Early Childhood Mental Health ServicesMesaUSA

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