Procedia Social and Behavioral Sciences 5 (2010) 994–۹۹۷
The effectiveness of parent – child interaction therapy for children
with high functioning autism
Abdolreza Hatamzadeh a *, Hamidreza Pouretemad b, Hamidreza Hassanabadi c
a Department of Psychology, Shahid Beheshti University, , Tehran, Iran.
b Department of Psychology, Shahid Beheshti University, & The Centre for the Treatment of Autistic Disorders, Tehran, Iran.
c Department of Educational Research, Tehran University , Tehran, Iran.
Received January 12, 2010; revised February 3, 2010; accepted March 6, 2010
The purpose of this study was to examine the effectiveness of Parent – Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT; Eyberg et al, 1995) for
young children (ages 3 to 7) with high functioning autism and clinically significant behavioral problems. Four children with their
mothers received treatment as an A-B single-subject experimental design and their behavioral problems were assessed 6 times by
the Eyberg Child Behavior Inventory (ECBI). Results showed decrease in behavioral problems for all participants following the
implementation of PCIT. The implications of the findings, study limitations, and suggestions for future research are discussed.
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