Marital Conflict

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


With every new family referral comes the possibility of co-morbid marital issues. While the presenting complaint typically involves child disruptive behavior, conflict between parental figures may also be present and could hinder a successful treatment outcome. Marital problems pose persistent obstacles in PCIT given the need for consistency across parents and the general focus of working together to monitor and manage child behavior.


Child Behavior Problem Marital Relationship Marital Conflict Marital Problem Marital Discord 
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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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