Dyadic Parent-Child Interaction Coding System (DPICS)

PCIT Cohorts 6-7

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 as 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). In addition, two behaviors are considered neutral (neither “do” or “don’t” skills), including talk and unlabeled praise, which are included below to ensure this summary is comprehensive with regard to number of verbalizations parents display on average.

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: labeled praise, reflections, behavior descriptions, questions, commands, and negative talk

DPICS Subscales: Paired Sample t-test

DPICS Subscales: Pre-post Treatment Mean Domain Score

* 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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