Developmental psychology

This section covers all aspects of theory and knowledge in developmental psychology. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to, child development, psychoanalytic and behavioral theories of development.

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    Testing the impact of a social skill training versus waiting list control group for the reduction of disruptive behaviors and stress among preschool children in child care: the study protocol for a cluster randomized trial

    Most preschoolers growing up in western industrialized countries receive child care services (CCS) during the day, while their parents are at work. Meta-analytic data suggest that CCS represent a stressful exp...

    Sylvana M. Côté, Marie-Pier Larose, Marie Claude Geoffroy, Julie Laurin, Frank Vitaro, Richard E. Tremblay and Isabelle Ouellet-Morin

    BMC Psychology 2017 5:29

    Published on: 7 August 2017

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    Which neural mechanisms mediate the effects of a parenting intervention program on parenting behavior: design of a randomized controlled trial

    The Video-feedback Intervention to promote Positive Parenting and Sensitive Discipline (VIPP-SD) has proven effective in increasing parental sensitivity. However, the mechanisms involved are largely unknown. I...

    Laura Kolijn, Saskia Euser, Bianca G. van den Bulk, Renske Huffmeijer, Marinus H. van IJzendoorn and Marian J. Bakermans-Kranenburg

    BMC Psychology 2017 5:9

    Published on: 21 March 2017

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    Copenhagen infant mental health project: study protocol for a randomized controlled trial comparing circle of security –parenting and care as usual as interventions targeting infant mental health risks

    Infant mental health is a significant public health issue as early adversity and exposure to early childhood stress are significant risk factors that may have detrimental long-term developmental consequences f...

    Mette Skovgaard Væver, Johanne Smith-Nielsen and Theis Lange

    BMC Psychology 2016 4:57

    Published on: 22 November 2016

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    Study protocol of an RCT of EMOTION: An indicated intervention for children with symptoms of anxiety and depression

    High levels of anxiety and depression are common psychological symptoms among children and adolescents. These symptoms affect young people in multiple life domains and are possible precursors of long-term psyc...

    Joshua Patras, Kristin Dagmar Martinsen, Solveig Holen, Anne Mari Sund, Frode Adolfsen, Lene-Mari Potulski Rasmussen and Simon-Peter Neumer

    BMC Psychology 2016 4:48

    Published on: 26 September 2016

  5. Research article

    Self-reported quality of life and self-esteem in sad and anxious school children

    Anxiety and depressive symptoms are common in childhood, however problems in need of intervention may not be identified. Children at risk for developing more severe problems can be identified based on elevated...

    Kristin D. Martinsen, Simon-Peter Neumer, Solveig Holen, Trine Waaktaar, Anne Mari Sund and Philip C. Kendall

    BMC Psychology 2016 4:45

    Published on: 13 September 2016

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    Healthy Learning Mind - a school-based mindfulness and relaxation program: a study protocol for a cluster randomized controlled trial

    Mindfulness has shown positive effects on mental health, mental capacity and well-being among adult population. Among children and adolescents, previous research on the effectiveness of mindfulness interventio...

    Salla-maarit Volanen, Maarit Lassander, Nelli Hankonen, Päivi Santalahti, Mirka Hintsanen, Nina Simonsen, Anu Raevuori, Sari Mullola, Tero Vahlberg, Anna But and Sakari Suominen

    BMC Psychology 2016 4:35

    Published on: 11 July 2016

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    Efficacy of the Video-feedback Intervention to promote Positive Parenting and Sensitive Discipline in Twin Families (VIPP-Twins): Study protocol for a randomized controlled trial

    Intervention programs with the aim of enhancing parenting quality have been found to be differentially effective in decreasing negative child outcomes such as externalizing behavioral problems, resulting in mo...

    Saskia Euser, Marian J. Bakermans-Kranenburg, Bianca G. van den Bulk, Mariëlle Linting, Rani C. Damsteegt, Claudia I. Vrijhof, Ilse C. van Wijk, Eveline A. Crone and Marinus H. van IJzendoorn

    BMC Psychology 2016 4:33

    Published on: 6 June 2016

  8. Research article

    Short-term effects of the “Together at School” intervention program on children’s socio-emotional skills: a cluster randomized controlled trial

    Together at School is a universal intervention program designed to promote socio-emotional skills among primary-school children. It is based on a whole school approach, and implemented in school classes by tea...

    Olli Kiviruusu, Katja Björklund, Hanna-Leena Koskinen, Antti Liski, Jallu Lindblom, Heini Kuoppamäki, Paula Alasuvanto, Tiina Ojala, Hanna Samposalo, Nina Harmes, Elina Hemminki, Raija-Leena Punamäki, Reijo Sund and Päivi Santalahti

    BMC Psychology 2016 4:27

    Published on: 26 May 2016

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    Design of a controlled trial to evaluate the effectiveness of Supportive Parenting (‘Stevig Ouderschap’): an intervention to empower parents at increased risk of parenting problems by providing early home visits

    In the Netherlands, 15 % of all families with children under the age of 13 years deal with significant parenting problems. Severe parenting problems may lead to adverse physical, cognitive, and psychosocial ou...

    E. M. B. Horrevorts, A. van Grieken, S. M. L. Broeren, R. Bannink, M. B. R. Bouwmeester-Landweer, E. Hafkamp-de Groen and Hein Raat

    BMC Psychology 2015 3:47

    Published on: 30 December 2015

  1. Research article

    The Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire: psychometric properties of the parent and teacher version in children aged 4–7

    The Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire is one of the most employed screening instruments. Although there is a large research body investigating its psychometric properties, reliability and validity are n...

    Lisanne L Stone, Jan M A M Janssens, Ad A Vermulst, Marloes Van Der Maten, Rutger C M E Engels and Roy Otten

    BMC Psychology 2015 3:4

    Published on: 20 February 2015

  2. Research article

    The developmental relationship between language and motor performance from 3 to 5 years of age: a prospective longitudinal population study

    Previous research has found that language and motor skills are closely interrelated developmental areas. This observation has led to questions about the specificity of these domains, and the nature of the asso...

    Mari V Wang, Ratib Lekhal, Leif E Aaro, Arne Holte and Synnve Schjolberg

    BMC Psychology 2014 2:34

    Published on: 28 August 2014

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