Parent Management Training
Published Online: 30 JAN 2010
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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.
- 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.