Degree Granting Department
Child and Family Studies
Debra Mowery, Ph.D.
Trevor Stokes, Ph.D.
Mary Fuller, Ph.D.
adoption, positive interaction styles, play therapy, behavior problems, bonding
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.
Scholar Commons Citation
Soulounias-Arriaga, Demetria, "Parent-Child Interaction Therapy for Children Diagnosed With Reactive Attachment Disorder" (2007). USF Tampa Graduate Theses and Dissertations.