PCIT-Health: Preventing Childhood Obesity by Strengthening the Parent–Child Relationship

Larissa N. Niec, Mitchell Todd, Irene Brodd, Sarah E. Domoff

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Childhood obesity is a costly, yet preventable, public health concern. Strengthening the parent–child relationship and teaching parents strategies to manage children's general and health-related behaviors has the potential to reduce childhood obesity risk. Selective prevention interventions may help parents of young children establish positive parenting and feeding practices to actively reduce risk factors. We review the existing literature on childhood obesity interventions and describe an adaptation to a behavioral parent training program—parent–child interaction therapy (PCIT)—to address children's behaviors in obesity-salient (e.g., mealtime, screen time, bedtime) contexts. In a case example, we describe how PCIT-Health can be effectively implemented.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)335-347
Number of pages13
JournalCognitive and Behavioral Practice
Issue number2
StatePublished - May 2022


  • case study
  • childhood obesity
  • healthy feeding practices
  • obesity prevention
  • parent-child interaction therapy


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