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Parent Directed Interaction

Parent directed interaction is a component of parent-child interaction therapy (PCIT), a treatment for young children that places emphasis on improving the quality of the parent-child relationship and changing parent-child interaction patterns.

The parent directed interaction component of PCIT resembles clinical behavior therapy in that parents learn to use specific behavior management techniques as they play with their child.

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