Child Physical Abuse

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


This bookhighlights the dynamic nature of Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) and the robust findings demonstrating its effectiveness in enhancing the quality of parent-child relationships and reducing child behavior problems. These qualities have led clinicians and researchers to consider the use of PCIT with other clinical populations including families with a history of child physical abuse (CPA). Looking back, we can see how the focus on the parent-child relationship and the direct coaching of skills in vivo make PCIT a logical fit for use with families with a history of CPA; however, it took the vision of a pioneer in the field of child maltreatment (Barbara Bonner) and an eager post-doctoral student with solid training in PCIT (Cheryl McNeil) to make it all come together.


Domestic Violence Physical Abuse Child Behavior Problem Child Welfare System Child Physical Abuse 
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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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