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Parent Management Training

  1. Rex Forehand1,
  2. Beth A. Kotchick2,
  3. Anne Shaffer3,
  4. Laura Gale McKee4

Published Online: 30 JAN 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9780470479216.corpsy0639

Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology

Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology

How to Cite

Forehand, R., Kotchick, B. A., Shaffer, A. and McKee, L. G. 2010. Parent Management Training. Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology. 1–2.

Author Information

  1. 1

    University of Vermont

  2. 2

    Loyola College in Maryland

  3. 3

    University of Minnesota

  4. 4

    University of Vermont

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 30 JAN 2010


Parent management training (PMT) employs a therapist as a consultant who works directly with a parent (mediator) to alleviate the problem behavior of a child (target). The basic PMT format consists primarily of instruction by the therapist in parenting techniques, structured modeling, role plays and practice sessions, and homework assignments for the parent to practice skills with the child (see McMahon & Forehand, 2003; Patterson & Forgatch, 2005). This format is based on the assumption that the interactions between parent and child contribute to the development and/or maintenance of child problem behaviors; PMT targets problematic parenting strategies and replaces them with a repertoire of skills that effectively manage, and eventually improve, the child's behavior, as well as improve broader parent–child interactional patterns.