Encyclopedia of Couple and Family Therapy

2019 Edition
| Editors: Jay L. Lebow, Anthony L. Chambers, Douglas C. Breunlin

Behavioral Parent Training in Couple and Family Therapy

  • Hsinlien Tiffany TsouEmail author
  • Ryan M. Earl
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-49425-8_1145

Name of the Strategy or Intervention

Behavioral Parent Training


Parent management training; Parent training


Since its emerging presence in the late 1960s, behavioral parent training (BPT) has been one of the most widely used behavioral interventions for parents of children with behavioral problems. BPT involves clinicians helping parents to define behavior problems accurately, implementing assessment measures that further define the problem and its intensity, and educating parents in the treatment plans that would be appropriate for the problems within their individualized context (Briesmeister and Schaefer 1998). Although this approach has been applied to a variety of child behavioral problems, it is most commonly focused on antisocial behavior, including but not limited to noncompliance, temper tantrums, defiance, and aggressiveness (Serketich and Dumas 1996).

Theoretical Framework

BPT is based upon the principles of behavior modification and social learning...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.The Family Institute at Northwestern UniversityEvanstonUSA

Section editors and affiliations

  • Kelley Quirk
    • 1
  • Adam Fisher
    • 2
    • 3
  1. 1.Marriage and Family Therapy Program, Human Development and Family StudiesColorado State UniversityFort CollinsUSA
  2. 2.The Family Institute at Northwestern UniversityEvanstonUSA
  3. 3.Brigham Young UniversityProvoUSA