عنوان مقاله [English]
The aim of present study was to determine the effectiveness of parenting education based on choice theory on parent-child relationship and clinical symptoms of children with oppositional defiant disorder. Present research was a quasi-experimental study with pre-test, post-test and follow-up design. 26 parents of students with oppositional defiant disorder referred to Psychological and Counseling Services were selected as the sample of the study using available sampling method and then were assigned randomly into two equal groups of 13. The experiment group participated in the parenting training program and the control group received no intervention. The instruments used in this study were Parent-Child Communication Questionnaire (PCRS), Child Symptom Inventory-4 (CSI-4) and demographic characteristics survey. Multivariate analysis of covariance was used to analyze the data. Findings showed that parenting training based on choice theory improved parent-child relationship and reduced clinical symptoms of children with oppositional defiant disorder (in oppositional and hyperactivity components) and had no significant effect on the components of accuracy and combined disorder (P≤0/01). Teaching parenting skills based on choice theory can lead to a stronger parent-child relationship and can reduce children's behavioral problems.