The Impact of Child-Parent Relationship Therapy on Attachment Between Parent and Child Following Military Deployment

Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D)



Date of Award

Summer 2015


The purpose of this study was to examine the effectiveness of Child-Parent Relationship Therapy (CPRT) in improving attachment between eight post deployed military parents and their children, and to provide military parents with skills to strengthen the parent-child relationship through the use of CPRT. Single case, multiple baseline design across behaviors (Baer, Wolf, & Risley, 1968, 1987; Wolf, 1978) was employed to examine the impact of CPRT on attachment by measuring attachment using Caregiver Child Social/Emotional and Relationship Rating Scale, The Child Observation Checklist, and the Parenting Relationship Questionnaire. Improvement of parents??? skills was examined through a multiple baseline design using the Play Session Skills Checklist and the Therapy Attitude Inventory. The significant results indicated CPRT as a highly effective intervention for post deployed military families to improve attachment between parent and child and strengthen parenting skills in the parent-child relationship.


Amir Abbassi

Subject Categories

Counseling | Social and Behavioral Sciences