Improving Parent-Child Relationships Through the Use of Video Technology

Richard J. Davis, III, Elizabeth Brestan-Knight, Jennifer M. Gillis, Jamie K. Travis


Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) is an evidence-based treatment for child behavior problems. However, families living in rural areas may have limited access to this treatment. The present study outlines a collaboration between a university-based PCIT research group and community agencies providing services to parents to explore the use of a video to educate parents about labeled praise, a fundamental concept taught in PCIT. We developed a training video, conducted focus groups with young mothers, and evaluated the use of praise before and after viewing the video by a small group of parents seeking treatment at a rural mental health practice. Focus group participants found the video helpful and intended to increase their use of praise, and participants at the mental health practice significantly increased their use of labeled praise after viewing the video. Challenges faced during this collaboration offer lessons for other researchers seeking to build similar partnerships. 


Parent-Child Interaction Therapy; praise; community partnership

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