Autism Spectrum Disorders

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


Although PCIT was devised for families of children with externalizing behaviors, several investigations have examined its usefulness in reducing behavioral problems in more specialized populations. For example, Bagner and Eyberg (2007) conducted a randomized controlled study examining the efficacy of PCIT in reducing disruptive behaviors in children with mental retardation. Study results showed that children in the PCIT group demonstrated significantly higher compliance rates than children yet to receive treatment. In addition, findings demonstrated that mothers who received PCIT reported fewer disruptive behaviors (as rated by the Eyberg Child Behavior Inventory) and exhibited greater use of the PRIDE (e.g., praise, reflection) skills as compared to mothers in the waitlist control group. Implications of this study suggest that PCIT may be an efficacious treatment for children with more pervasive difficulties who also demonstrate co-occurring behavior problems.


Autism Spectrum Disorder Autism Spectrum Disorder Social Skill Training Social Attention Eyberg Child Behavior Inventory 
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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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