The Effects of Child Parent Relationship Therapy (Cprt) on the Relationships of Single Mothers in Crisis and their Children

Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D)



Date of Award

Spring 2014


The parent/child relationship is an important factor in the self-concept of a young child. Studies have shown that Child Parent Relationship Therapy (CPRT) has been successful in strengthening the child/parent relationship across a variety of settings. This is in keeping with the theoretical work of Carl Rogers who believed that relationship was the key to positive change and growth in the lives of people. This study used change data to assess the process of change in pairs of mothers and children as they experienced CPRT together. The participants in this study were homeless mothers living in a shelter and one of their children aged 3 to 7. The mothers were taught CPRT for 8 weeks and during the last 4 weeks practiced the therapeutic role of CPRT by engaging in child-centered play therapy with their own child. Measures of therapeutic relationship, child self-concept, and parental stress were taken prior to the study, in the middle of the study, and immediately following the study. Results demonstrated a significant improvement in the self-concept of the children as a result of their 4 weeks of play therapy with their mothers. The perception of the mothers with regard to their child was also rated as significantly more positive.


Lavelle Hendricks

Subject Categories

Counseling | Social and Behavioral Sciences