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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.

  1. Content type: Research article

    There is growing evidence for the value of technology-based programs to support fathers to make positive transitions across the perinatal period. However, past research has focused on program outcomes with lit...

    Authors: Richard Fletcher, Tess Knight, Jacqui A. Macdonald and Jennifer StGeorge

    Citation: BMC Psychology 2019 7:63

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  2. Content type: Research article

    This study evaluates the psychometric properties of four models of the Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire (SDQ) in a sample of 1470 children and adolescents from Biblián, Ecuador. The instrument has been...

    Authors: Paúl Arias-Medina

    Citation: BMC Psychology 2019 7:51

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  3. Content type: Research article

    Current data about Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Deficiency (ADHD) guideline use in the Netherlands are absent. This study analysed ADHD guideline use among different healthcare workers, and the use of key e...

    Authors: Birgit Levelink, Lonneke Walraven, Edward Dompeling, Frans J. M. Feron and Dorothea M. C. B. van Zeben-van der Aa

    Citation: BMC Psychology 2019 7:43

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  4. Content type: Research article

    A theoretical model of mindful parenting has the potential to succinctly summarise its various change processes. The primary aim of this study was to investigate some of the change processes associated with mi...

    Authors: Kishani Townshend and Nerina Jane Caltabiano

    Citation: BMC Psychology 2019 7:41

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  5. Content type: Research article

    Mental health problems are leading contributors to the global disease burden in adolescents. This study aims to highlight (1) salient context-specific factors that influence stress and coping among school-goin...

    Authors: Rachana Parikh, Mahima Sapru, Madhuri Krishna, Pim Cuijpers, Vikram Patel and Daniel Michelson

    Citation: BMC Psychology 2019 7:31

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  6. Content type: Research article

    Across the globe, depression is a common psychiatric disorder and is the main cause of disability among adolescents. To this end, this study was conducted to screen for the prevalence of depression among secon...

    Authors: Babak Moeini, Saeed Bashirian, Ali Reza Soltanian, Ali Ghaleiha and Malihe Taheri

    Citation: BMC Psychology 2019 7:25

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  7. Content type: Study protocol

    The denial of pregnancy is the non-recognition of the state of the current pregnancy by a pregnant woman. It lasts for a few months or for the whole pregnancy, with generally few physical transformations. In t...

    Authors: Julie Auer, Coralie Barbe, Anne-Laure Sutter, Dominique Dallay, Laurianne Vulliez, Didier Riethmuller, Violaine Gubler, Valérie Verlomme, Stéphanie Saad-Saint-Gilles, Alain Miton, Emmanuelle Tessier, Olivier Parant, Julie Le Foll, Agnès Bourgeois-Moine, Sylvie Viaux, Marc Dommergues…

    Citation: BMC Psychology 2019 7:22

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  8. Content type: Study protocol

    There is sufficient evidence that psychosocial stimulation (PS) benefits children’s neurocognitive behavior, however, there is no information on how it works when delivered through an Unconditional Cash Transf...

    Authors: Sheikh Jamal Hossain, Bharati Rani Roy, Nur-E Salveen, Mohammad Imrul Hasan, S. M. Mulk Uddin Tipu, Shamima Shiraji, Fahmida Tofail and Jena D. Hamadani

    Citation: BMC Psychology 2019 7:13

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  9. Content type: Results-Free Research Article

    Children develop in the context of the family. Family functioning prominently shapes the psychosocial adaptation and mental health of the child. Several family psychosocial risk factors have been shown to incr...

    Authors: Arwa Nasir, Andrea Zimmer, David Taylor and Jonathan Santo

    Citation: BMC Psychology 2019 7:3

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  10. Content type: Research article

    Developmental Language disorders (DLD) are developmental disorders that can affect both expressive and receptive language. When severe and persistent, they are often associated with psychiatric comorbidities a...

    Authors: Adele Assous, Ayala Borghini, Maryse Levi-Rueff, Guy Rittori, Bérangère Rousselot-Pailley, Christelle Gosme, Franck Zigante, Bernard Golse, Bruno Falissard and Laurence Robel

    Citation: BMC Psychology 2018 6:54

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  11. Content type: Study protocol

    Interventions for adolescents with externalizing behavior problems are generally found to be only moderately effective, and treatment responsiveness is variable. Therefore, this study aims to increase interven...

    Authors: L W te Brinke, H D Schuiringa, A T A Menting, M Deković and B O de Castro

    Citation: BMC Psychology 2018 6:49

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  12. Content type: Research article

    Symptoms of anxiety and depression are prevalent and highly comorbid in children, contributing to considerable impairment even at a subclinical level. Difficulties with emotion regulation are potentially relat...

    Authors: M. E. S. Loevaas, A. M. Sund, J. Patras, K. Martinsen, O. Hjemdal, S.-P. Neumer, S. Holen and T. Reinfjell

    Citation: BMC Psychology 2018 6:42

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  13. Content type: Research article

    Many childhood risk factors are known to be associated with children’s future antisocial and criminal behaviour, including children’s conduct disorders and family difficulties such as parental substance abuse....

    Authors: Madeleine Stevens

    Citation: BMC Psychology 2018 6:40

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  14. Content type: Study protocol

    Foster children are at higher risk of the development of behavior and emotional problems, which can contribute to the development of insecure attachment bonds with their foster parents and (subsequently) to pl...

    Authors: Nikita K. Schoemaker, Gabrine Jagersma, Marije Stoltenborgh, Athanasios Maras, Harriet J. Vermeer, Femmie Juffer and Lenneke R. A. Alink

    Citation: BMC Psychology 2018 6:38

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  15. Content type: Research article

    Individuals who have lived with childhood parental mental illness are at increased risk of developing mental health concerns. Yet there is limited knowledge about how a person’s childhood experiences of parent...

    Authors: Gillian Murphy, Kath Peters, Lesley Wilkes and Debra Jackson

    Citation: BMC Psychology 2018 6:37

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  16. Content type: Study protocol

    Students following a low education track have an increased risk for developing problem behaviors. Rock and Water is a widespread, but still poorly evaluated, intervention that aims to improve students’ socio-e...

    Authors: E. C. A. Mertens, M. Deković, M. van Londen and E. Reitz

    Citation: BMC Psychology 2018 6:36

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  17. Content type: Study protocol

    During the preschool years, children develop abilities and skills in areas crucial for later success in life. These abilities include language, executive functions, attention, and socioemotional skills. The pe...

    Authors: Tove Gerholm, Thomas Hörberg, Signe Tonér, Petter Kallioinen, Sofia Frankenberg, Susanne Kjällander, Anna Palmer and Hillevi Lenz Taguchi

    Citation: BMC Psychology 2018 6:29

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  18. Content type: Study protocol

    Developmental language disorder (DLD, also called specific language impairment, SLI) is a common developmental disorder comprising the largest disability group in pre-school-aged children. Approximately 7% of ...

    Authors: Marja Laasonen, Sini Smolander, Pekka Lahti-Nuuttila, Miika Leminen, Hanna-Reetta Lajunen, Kati Heinonen, Anu-Katriina Pesonen, Todd M. Bailey, Emmanuel M. Pothos, Teija Kujala, Paavo H. T. Leppänen, Christopher W. Bartlett, Ahmed Geneid, Leena Lauronen, Elisabet Service, Sari Kunnari…

    Citation: BMC Psychology 2018 6:24

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  19. Content type: Study protocol

    There is a need to build the evidence base of early interventions to promote children’s health and development in the UK. Chance UK is a voluntary sector organisation based in London that delivers a 12-month m...

    Authors: Laura Whybra, Georgina Warner, Gretchen Bjornstad, Tim Hobbs, Lucy Brook, Zoe Wrigley, Vashti Berry, Obioha C. Ukoumunne, Justin Matthews, Rod Taylor, Tim Eames, Angeliki Kallitsoglou, Sarah Blower and Nick Axford

    Citation: BMC Psychology 2018 6:9

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  20. Content type: Study protocol

    There is a need to build the evidence base of early interventions promoting children’s health and development in the UK. Malachi Specialist Family Support Services (‘Malachi’) is a voluntary sector organisatio...

    Authors: Nick Axford, Georgina Warner, Tim Hobbs, Sarah Heilmann, Anam Raja, Vashti Berry, Obioha C. Ukoumunne, Justin Matthews, Tim Eames, Angeliki Kallitsoglou, Sarah Blower, Tom Wilkinson, Luke Timmons and Gretchen Bjornstad

    Citation: BMC Psychology 2018 6:3

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  21. Content type: Study protocol

    Optimal psychological development is dependent upon a complex interplay between individual and situational factors. Investigating the development of these factors in adolescence will help to improve understand...

    Authors: Charlotte Booth, Annabel Songco, Sam Parsons, Lauren Heathcote, John Vincent, Robert Keers and Elaine Fox

    Citation: BMC Psychology 2017 5:41

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  22. Content type: Research article

    Poor mental health constitutes a considerable global public health burden with approximately half of all cases of poor mental health having their onset before the age of 14 years. The identification of modifia...

    Authors: Xiu Yun Wu, Sara F. L. Kirk, Arto Ohinmaa and Paul J. Veugelers

    Citation: BMC Psychology 2017 5:38

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  23. Content type: Research article

    Child maltreatment and eating disorders are significant public health problems. Yet, to date, research has focused on the role of child physical and sexual abuse in eating-related pathology. This is despite th...

    Authors: Melissa Kimber, Jill R. McTavish, Jennifer Couturier, Alison Boven, Sana Gill, Gina Dimitropoulos and Harriet L. MacMillan

    Citation: BMC Psychology 2017 5:33

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  24. Content type: Study protocol

    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...

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

    Citation: BMC Psychology 2017 5:29

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  25. Content type: Study protocol

    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...

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

    Citation: BMC Psychology 2017 5:9

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  26. Content type: Study protocol

    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...

    Authors: Mette Skovgaard Væver, Johanne Smith-Nielsen and Theis Lange

    Citation: BMC Psychology 2016 4:57

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  27. Content type: Study protocol

    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...

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

    Citation: BMC Psychology 2016 4:48

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  28. Content type: Research article

    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...

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

    Citation: BMC Psychology 2016 4:45

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  29. Content type: Study protocol

    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...

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

    Citation: BMC Psychology 2016 4:35

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  30. Content type: Study protocol

    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...

    Authors: 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

    Citation: BMC Psychology 2016 4:33

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  31. Content type: Research article

    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...

    Authors: 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

    Citation: BMC Psychology 2016 4:27

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  32. Content type: Study protocol

    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...

    Authors: 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

    Citation: BMC Psychology 2015 3:47

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  33. Content type: Research article

    The objective of this study is to investigate the effects of sexual violence on the odds of different psychosocial outcomes (depression, psychotic symptoms, somatic complaints, conduct problems, daily function...

    Authors: Kennedy Amone-P’Olak, Emilio Ovuga and Peter Brian Jones

    Citation: BMC Psychology 2015 3:46

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  1. Content type: Research article

    Past research has shown links between both children’s aggressive behaviour and a lack of prosocial behaviour to later maladaptation. Both types of behaviours have also been identified as crucial in children’s ...

    Authors: Ingrid Obsuth, Manuel P Eisner, Tina Malti and Denis Ribeaud

    Citation: BMC Psychology 2015 3:16

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  2. Content type: Research article

    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...

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

    Citation: BMC Psychology 2015 3:4

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  3. Content type: Research article

    Previous research has established that direct and indirect forms of aggression differ in their association with gender and type of psychological difficulties. One purpose of the present study was to test if th...

    Authors: Lars-Gunnar Lundh, Daiva Daukantaité and Margit Wångby-Lundh

    Citation: BMC Psychology 2014 2:43

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  4. Content type: Research article

    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...

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

    Citation: BMC Psychology 2014 2:34

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