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Date of Award

Spring 2016

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


Department of Graduate Psychology


Trevor Stokes


Generalization of social behaviors is a vital component of human behavior. Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder often show symptomology that includes impairment in social behavior and failure to generalize behavior on the whole. Initiation of joint attention is a social behavior that can be understood as a behavior cusp and worthy of intervention to promote development. Parent-Child Interaction Therapy has been studied in recent years for its efficacy in treating some dimensions of Autism Spectrum Disorder in children and adolescence. The current study sought to explore the efficacy of Parent-Child Interaction Therapy in promoting the generalization of initiation of joint attention in children with Autism Spectrum Disorder across adult/child dyads. Data showed that PCIT was both effective in producing initiation of joint attention and in producing generalization of joint attention.