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Does Parent-Child Interaction Therapy Reduce Future Physical Abuse?

Title: Does Parent-Child Interaction Therapy Reduce Future Physical Abuse?: A Meta-Analysis.
Name(s): Kennedy, S. C., author
Kim, J. S., author
Tripodi, Stephen J., author
Brown, S. M., author
Gowdy, G., author
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Text
Date Issued: 2014-07-14
Physical Form: computer
online resource
Extent: 1 online resource
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: Objective: To use meta-analytic techniques to evaluating the effectiveness of Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) at reducing future physical abuse among physically abusive families. Methods: A systematic search identified six eligible studies. Outcomes of interest were physical abuse recurrence, child abuse potential, and parenting stress. Results: Parents receiving PCIT had significantly fewer physical abuse recurrences and significantly greater reductions on the Parenting Stress Index than parents in comparison groups. Reductions in child abuse potential were non-significant, although 95% confidence intervals suggest clinically meaningful treatment effects. The studies examining physical abuse recurrence had a medium treatment effect (g=0.52), while results from pooled effect size estimates for child abuse potential (g=0.31) and parenting stress (g=0.35) were small. Conclusions: PCIT appears to be effective at reducing physical abuse recurrence and parenting stress for physically abusive families, with the largest treatment effects seen on long-term physical abuse recurrence. Applications to social work practice are discussed.
Identifier: FSU_libsubv1_scholarship_submission_1465266498 (IID), 10.1177/1049731514543024 (DOI)
Keywords: Parent-child interaction therapy, child physical abuse, child welfare, meta-analysis
Publication Note: “This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Sage Publications in Research on Social Work Practice on July 14th, 2014, available online:”
Preferred Citation: Kennedy, S., & Tripodi, S. J. (2016). The death penalty attitudes of social work students: Current and future opportunities. Journal of Forensic Social Work, 201-233. doi:10.1080/1936928X.2015.1100570
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Owner Institution: FSU
Is Part Of: Research on Social Work Practice.

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Kennedy, S. C., Kim, J. S., Tripodi, S. J., Brown, S. M., & Gowdy, G. (2014). Does Parent-Child Interaction Therapy Reduce Future Physical Abuse?: A Meta-Analysis. Research On Social Work Practice. Retrieved from