AF-CBT has been found to improve functioning in school-aged children, their parents, caregivers, and their families. AF-CBT is an evidence-supported intervention that targets individual child and parent characteristics related to the abusive experience, and the family context in which coercion or aggression occurs.
Parent-child interaction therapy (PCIT) is a family-centered treatment approach proven effective for abused and at-risk children ages 2½ to 12 and their biological or foster caregivers. During PCIT, therapists coach parents while they interact with their children. Research has shown that parents learn more effective parenting techniques, behavior problems of children decrease, and the quality of the parent-child relationship improves as a result of PCIT.