Ethnic Minority Children and Families

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


This chapter focuses on issues to consider when implementing Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) with ethnic minority children and families in the United States. Cultural sensitivity and competence have become increasingly important aspects of assessment and treatment of children’s mental health issues. In the United States, one third of all school-age children belong to non-White ethnic minority groups (Santrock, 2005). By 2025, it is estimated that about 40% of adults and 48% of children living in the United States will be from racial and ethnic minority groups (US Census Bureau, 2001). Mental health professionals who are implementing PCIT need to be aware of the unique needs of ethnic minority children and families.


Ethnic Minority Parenting Stress Child Behavior Problem Social Validity Behavioral Parent Training 
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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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