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Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT)

Evidence-Based Research

Many childhood intervention or treatment programs claim to be “evidence-based” or “empirically-supported.” However, many childhood interventions rely on testimonials (or stories) to describe their success without scientifically testing the program.

PCIT has been scientifically tested since 1980 and PCIT has received the highest scientific rating of “1” (Well-Supported by Research Evidence) by the California Evidence-Based Clearinghouse for Child Welfare.

Parent Child Interaction Therapy is widely accepted by the American Psychological Association (APA), and over 300 PCIT articles have been published in top journals within the field of psychology, including:

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  • Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology

  • Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology

  • Journal of Pediatric Psychology

  • Journal of Child and Family Studies

  • Behavior Therapy

  • Child & Family Behavior Therapy

  • Education and Treatment of Children

  • Children and Youth Services Review

  • Child Maltreatment

  • Child Abuse & Neglect

  • Journal of Family Violence

  • Research on Social Work Practice

  • Cognitive and Behavioral Practice

  • Evidence-Based Practice in Child and Adolescent Mental Health

Child in a shirt and tie pretending to be scientist.  The picture is used to highlight that PCIT is an evidence-based practice.



We have compiled a database of PCIT articles for mental health professionals and researchers alike to utilize in furthering PCIT. 

The articles are divided by research topics.  Please click on any of the buttons below to access to specific PCIT research articles. 

Small boy putting a puzzle piece into a 3-dimensional world globe. The picture has the 12 International countries where PCIT research has been conducted






New Zealand



Hong Kong




South Korea


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