Graduation Year

2007

Document Type

Thesis

Degree

M.A.

Degree Granting Department

Child and Family Studies

Major Professor

Debra Mowery, Ph.D.

Co-Major Professor

Trevor Stokes, Ph.D.

Committee Member

Mary Fuller, Ph.D.

Keywords

adoption, positive interaction styles, play therapy, behavior problems, bonding

Abstract

Parent-Child Interaction Therapy is a probably efficacious, evidenced-based

treatment, which has been proven to decrease problem behaviors of children, as well as

improve parent-child interactions. The first phase is the Child-Directed Interaction (CDI),

which allows the child to lead the play session, while parents are taught to interact

without giving demands, asking questions, or providing criticism. According to the

DSM-IV-TR, Reactive Attachment Disorder is a rare diagnosis. Many attachment

therapists indicate that traditional approaches to treatment have not been demonstrated as

being effective with these children. This study will examine the CDI phase of Parent-

Child Interaction Therapy as a potential treatment option for children diagnosed with

Reactive Attachment Disorder.

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