Dyadic Parent-Child Interaction Coding System (DPICS)

PCIT Cohort 5

The Dyadic Parent-Child Interaction Coding System (DPICS)* is a clinician-observational measure of the caregiver’s parent-child interaction behaviors. During DPICS at pre- and post-treatment, a clinician observes and records the number of parent-child interaction behaviors that caregivers engage in while engaging with their child for five minutes. These behaviors are summarized include three “do” skills: praise, reflect, and describe (goal of ≥ 10 for each skill), and three “don’t” behaviors: questions, commands, and criticisms (goal of ≤ 3 when all three are combined).

Descriptive Statistics:  Pre- and post-treatment assessment measure means and standard deviations for the mean number of DPICS behaviors are listed in the table below. The range of possible scores for each skill are infinite and, thus, not listed.

DPICS Subscales: Descriptive Statistics

Repeated Measures:  Repeated measures analyses (paired samples t-tests) were conducted to examine pre-post group mean differences on DPICS domains.  Analyses revealed statistically significant change in the following domains: praise, reflections, descriptions, questions, and commands. A non-significant trend was found for the domain of negative talk.

DPICS Subscales: Paired Sample t-test

DPICS Subscales: Pre-post Treatment Mean Domain Score

***p < .001; **p < .01; * p < .05

* Eyberg, S. M., Chase, R. M., Fernandez, M. A., & Nelson, M. M. (2014). Dyadic Parent-Child Interaction Coding System (DPICS) Clinical Manual (4th Edition). PCIT International, Inc.

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