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Children’s stress regulation capacity and mental health: the influence of parental factors and stress exposure

Applicant Messerli-Bürgy Nadine
Number 170503
Funding scheme SNSF Professorships
Research institution Département de Psychologie Université de Fribourg
Institution of higher education University of Fribourg - FR
Main discipline Psychology
Start/End 01.11.2017 - 31.10.2021
Approved amount 1'599'983.00
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Keywords (10)

autonomic nervous system; parent; stress response; mental health; child; stress regulation; stress exposure; bio-psycho-social; normative stress ; cortisol

Lay Summary (German)

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Bereits 20% der Kinder leiden an psychischen Störungen. Die Stressregulation und damit die Anpassungsfähigkeit an eine Stressbedingung trägt wesentlich zur Entwicklung von psychischen Störungen bei, jedoch ist bis heute unklar, welche Faktoren diese Stressregulation im Kindesalter beeinflussen.
Lay summary

Inhalt und Ziel des Forschungsprojektes: Dieses Forschungsprojekt untersucht die Stressregulation bei Kindern im Vorschulalter. Die individuelle Stressregulation entspricht der Anpassungsfähigkeit an eine Stresssituation und bestimmt wie stark und wie lange diese als belastend erlebt wird. Diese Stressregulation entwickelt sich in der frühen Kindheit und beeinflusst die psychische Gesundheit des Kindes. Bisherige Studien zeigten, dass wiederholter oder langandauernder Stress (wie z.B. schwere Lebensereignisse, Trauma) die kindliche Entwicklung der Stressregulation und die psychische Gesundheit des Kindes negativ beeinflussen, jedoch ist unklar, welche Faktoren diese Entwicklung sowie die psychische Gesundheit determinieren. Aufgrund bisheriger Kenntnisse kann davon ausgegangen werden, dass sich die Stressregulation im Vorschulalter durch die Eigenschaften des Kindes, durch die der Eltern und auch durch moderate Stresssituationen im Alltag verändert. Allerdings fehlt bis heute der Nachweis, inwiefern diese kindlichen und elterliche Faktoren die kindliche Stressregulation während einer moderaten Stresssituation (dem Kindergarteneintritt) bestimmen. Ziel des Projekts ist es, einerseits den Einfluss von bisherigem Stresserleben sowie der kindlichen und elterlichen Faktoren auf die Stressregulation und auf die psychische Gesundheit des Vorschulkindes zu erfassen. Andererseits soll die Entwicklung der Stressregulation während einer normativen, moderaten Stresssituation (dem Kindergarteneintritt) untersucht und deren Einfluss auf die psychische Gesundheit des Kindes überprüft werden.

Wissenschaftlicher und gesellschaftlicher Kontext: Das Forschungsprojekt leistet einen Beitrag zur Klärung von familiären Risiko- und Schutzbedingungen der psychischen Gesundheit im Vorschulalter und erlaubt damit grundlegende Erkenntnisse zu gewinnen, die für zukünftige Interventionen genutzt werden können.  

Direct link to Lay Summary Last update: 22.09.2017

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Publications

Publication
Association of physical activity with adiposity in preschoolers using different clinical adiposity measures: a cross-sectional study
Arhab Amar, Messerli-Bürgy Nadine, Kakebeeke Tanja H., Stülb Kerstin, Zysset Annina, Leeger-Aschmann Claudia S., Schmutz Einat A., Meyer Andrea H., Munsch Simone, Kriemler Susi, Jenni Oskar G., Puder Jardena J. (2019), Association of physical activity with adiposity in preschoolers using different clinical adiposity measures: a cross-sectional study, in BMC Pediatrics, 19(1), 397-397.
Social stress and performance in human-machine interaction: a neglected research field
Sauer Juergen, Schmutz Sven, Sonderegger Andreas, Messerli Nadine (2019), Social stress and performance in human-machine interaction: a neglected research field, in Ergonomics, 62(11), 1377-1391.
Influence of Acute Physical Activity on Stress Reactivity in Obese and Normal Weight Children: A Randomized Controlled Trial
Messerli-Bürgy Nadine, Horsch Antje, Schindler Christian, Boichat Anaëlle, Kriemler Susi, Munsch Simone, Crottet Bertrand, Marquez-Vidal Pedro M., Borghini Ayala, Puder Jardena J. (2019), Influence of Acute Physical Activity on Stress Reactivity in Obese and Normal Weight Children: A Randomized Controlled Trial, in Obesity Facts, 12(1), 115-130.
Physical activity and sedentary behavior in preschoolers: a longitudinal assessment of trajectories and determinants
Schmutz Einat A., Haile Sarah R., Leeger-Aschmann Claudia S., Kakebeeke Tanja H., Zysset Annina E., Messerli-Bürgy Nadine, Stülb Kerstin, Arhab Amar, Meyer Andrea H., Munsch Simone, Puder Jardena J., Jenni Oskar G., Kriemler Susi (2018), Physical activity and sedentary behavior in preschoolers: a longitudinal assessment of trajectories and determinants, in International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, 15(1), 35-35.
Childcare Correlates of Physical Activity, Sedentary Behavior, and Adiposity in Preschool Children: A Cross-Sectional Analysis of the SPLASHY Study
Arhab Amar, Messerli-Bürgy Nadine, Kakebeeke Tanja H., Lanzi Stefano, Stülb Kerstin, Zysset Annina E., Leeger-Aschmann Claudia S., Schmutz Einat A., Meyer Andrea H., Munsch Simone, Kriemler Susi, Jenni Oskar G., Puder Jardena J. (2018), Childcare Correlates of Physical Activity, Sedentary Behavior, and Adiposity in Preschool Children: A Cross-Sectional Analysis of the SPLASHY Study, in Journal of Environmental and Public Health, 2018, 1-12.
Predictors of Executive Functions in Preschoolers: Findings From the SPLASHY Study
Zysset Annina E., Kakebeeke Tanja H., Messerli-Bürgy Nadine, Meyer Andrea H., Stülb Kerstin, Leeger-Aschmann Claudia S., Schmutz Einat A., Arhab Amar, Puder Jardena J., Kriemler Susi, Munsch Simone, Jenni Oskar G. (2018), Predictors of Executive Functions in Preschoolers: Findings From the SPLASHY Study, in Frontiers in Psychology, 9, Executive.
Prevalence and Predictors of Behavioral Problems in Healthy Swiss Preschool Children Over a One Year Period
Stülb Kerstin, Messerli-Bürgy Nadine, Kakebeeke Tanja H., Arhab Amar, Zysset Annina E., Leeger-Aschmann Claudia S., Schmutz Einat A., Meyer Andrea H., Kriemler Susi, Jenni Oskar G., Puder Jardena J., Munsch Simone (2018), Prevalence and Predictors of Behavioral Problems in Healthy Swiss Preschool Children Over a One Year Period, in Child Psychiatry & Human Development, 50(3), 439-448.
Physiological stress measures in preschool children and their relationship with body composition and behavioral problems
Messerli-Bürgy Nadine, Arhab Amar, Stülb Kerstin, Kakebeeke Tanja H., Zysset Annina E., Leeger-Aschmann Claudia S., Schmutz Einat A., Ehlert Ulrike, Kriemler Susi, Jenni Oskar G., Munsch Simone, Puder Jardena J. (2018), Physiological stress measures in preschool children and their relationship with body composition and behavioral problems, in Developmental Psychobiology, 60(8), 1009-1022.
Age-Adapted Stress Task in Preschoolers Does not Lead to Uniform Stress Responses
Stülb Kerstin, Messerli-Bürgy Nadine, Kakebeeke Tanja H., Arhab Amar, Zysset Annina E., Leeger-Aschmann Claudia S., Schmutz Einat A., Meyer Andrea H., Garcia-Burgos David, Ehlert Ulrike, Kriemler Susi, Jenni Oskar G., Puder Jardena J., Munsch Simone (2018), Age-Adapted Stress Task in Preschoolers Does not Lead to Uniform Stress Responses, in Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, 47(4), 571-587.
Relevance of the Thought-Shape Fusion Trait Questionnaire for healthy women and women presenting symptoms of eating disorders and mixed mental disorders
Wyssen Andrea, Debbeler Luka J., Meyer Andrea H., Coelho Jennifer S., Humbel Nadine, Schuck Kathrin, Lennertz Julia, Messerli-Bürgy Nadine, Trier Stephan N., Isenschmid Bettina, Milos Gabriella, Flury Hanspeter, Schneider Silvia, Munsch Simone (2018), Relevance of the Thought-Shape Fusion Trait Questionnaire for healthy women and women presenting symptoms of eating disorders and mixed mental disorders, in Clinical Psychology & Psychotherapy, 25(4), 601-607.
Self-reported emotion regulation difficulties are associated with mood but not with the biological stress response to thin ideal exposure
Humbel Nadine, Messerli-Bürgy Nadine, Schuck Kathrin, Wyssen Andrea, Garcia-Burgos David, Biedert Esther, Lennertz Julia, Meyer Andrea H., Whinyates Katherina, Isenschmid Bettina, Milos Gabriella, Trier Stephan, Adolph Dirk, Cwik Jan, Margraf Jürgen, Assion Hans-Jörg, Teismann Tobias, Ueberberg Bianca, Juckel Georg, Müller Judith, Klauke Benedikt, Schneider Silvia, Munsch Simone (2018), Self-reported emotion regulation difficulties are associated with mood but not with the biological stress response to thin ideal exposure, in PLOS ONE, 13(6), e0199769-e0199769.
The validity of parental reports on motor skills performance level in preschool children: a comparison with a standardized motor test
Zysset Annina E., Kakebeeke Tanja H., Messerli-Bürgy Nadine, Meyer Andrea H., Stülb Kerstin, Leeger-Aschmann Claudia S., Schmutz Einat A., Arhab Amar, Ferrazzini Valentina, Kriemler Susi, Munsch Simone, Puder Jardena J., Jenni Oskar G. (2018), The validity of parental reports on motor skills performance level in preschool children: a comparison with a standardized motor test, in European Journal of Pediatrics, 177(5), 715-722.
Adipositas
Messerli-BürgyNadine, MunschSimone (2018), Adipositas, in Margraf Jürgen, Schneider Silvia (ed.), Springer Verlag , Berlin Heidelberg, 319.
Assessment of emotional responses in preschoolers to an age-adapted stress task: Picture-based stress test and facial coding
StülbK, Messerli-BürgyN., KakebeekeT.H., ArhabA., ZyssetA.E., Leeger-AschmannC.S., SchmutzE.A., MeyerA.H., BechtlerB., SchneiderS., KriemlerS., JenniO.G., PuderJ.J., MunschS. (2018), Assessment of emotional responses in preschoolers to an age-adapted stress task: Picture-based stress test and facial coding, in J Child Adolesc Health, 2(2), 35-39.
Emotional eating is related with temperament but not with stress biomarkers in preschool children
Messerli-Bürgy Nadine, Stülb Kerstin, Kakebeeke Tanja H., Arhab Amar, Zysset Annina E., Leeger-Aschmann Claudia S., Schmutz Einat A., Meyer Andrea H., Ehlert Ulrike, Garcia-Burgos David, Kriemler Susi, Jenni Oskar G., Puder Jardena J., Munsch Simone (2018), Emotional eating is related with temperament but not with stress biomarkers in preschool children, in Appetite, 120, 256-264.
Impact of age, sex, socioeconomic status, and physical activity on associated movements and motor speed in preschool children
Kakebeeke Tanja H., Zysset Annina E., Messerli-Bürgy Nadine, Chaouch Aziz, Stülb Kerstin, Leeger-Aschmann Claudia S., Schmutz Einat A., Arhab Amar, Rousson Valentin, Kriemler Susi, Munsch Simone, Puder Jardena J., Jenni Oskar G. (2017), Impact of age, sex, socioeconomic status, and physical activity on associated movements and motor speed in preschool children, in Journal of Clinical and Experimental Neuropsychology, 40(1), 95-106.
Improving mental health and physiological stress responses in mothers following traumatic childbirth and in their infants: Study protocol for the Swiss TrAumatic biRth Trial (START)
Sandoz V, Deforges C, Stuijfzand S, Epiney M, Vial Y, Sekarski N, Messerli-Bürgy N, Ehlert U, Blickle-Graz M, Morisod Harari M, Porcheret K, Schechter DS, Ayers S, Holmes EA, Horsch A, Improving mental health and physiological stress responses in mothers following traumatic childbirth and in their infants: Study protocol for the Swiss TrAumatic biRth Trial (START), in BMJOpen.

Collaboration

Group / person Country
Types of collaboration
Dr Samantha Dockray, University College Cork Ireland (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
- Publication
Prof Julian Thayer, The University of Ohio United States of America (North America)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
- Publication
Dr Antje Horsch, Centre Hospitalier Universitaire Lausanne Switzerland (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
- Publication
Prof Silvia Schneider, Ruhr University of Bochum Germany (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
- Publication
Prof Claus Voegele, University of Luxembourg Luxembourg (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
- Publication
Prof. Jürgen Margraf, Ruhr University of Bochum, Deutschland Germany (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
PD Dr Leila Soravia, University Hospital of Psychiatry Switzerland (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
- Publication
- Research Infrastructure
Prof Sabine Sczesny, University of Bern Switzerland (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
- Publication
- Research Infrastructure
Prof Simone Munsch, University of Fribourg Switzerland (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
- Publication
- Research Infrastructure
Prof Jardena Puder, Centre Hospitalier Universitaire Lausanne Switzerland (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
- Publication
- Research Infrastructure
Prof Oskar Jenni, University Children's Hospital Zurich Switzerland (Europe)
- Publication
- Research Infrastructure

Scientific events

Active participation

Title Type of contribution Title of article or contribution Date Place Persons involved
Swiss Society for Early Childhood Research Poster Stress response to an age-adapted stress task in preschoolers 18.11.2019 Lausanne, Switzerland Leuba Anaëlle;
Swiss Society for Early Childhood Research Poster Stress response to an age-adapted stress task in preschoolers 18.11.2019 Lausanne, Switzerland Groene Mareike;
European Association of Clinical Psychology and Psychological Treatment Talk given at a conference Visual exploration under social stress conditions 31.10.2019 Dresden, Germany Rubo Marius;
European Association of Clinical Psychology and Psychological Treatment Talk given at a conference Stress responses to a social stress task in preschool children – does it exist? 31.10.2019 Dresden, Germany Groene Mareike;
European Association of Clinical Psychology and Psychological Treatment Poster Stress responses to an age-adapted stress task in preschoolers 31.10.2019 Dresden, Germany Leuba Anaëlle;
European Association of Clinical Psychology and Psychological Treatment Talk given at a conference Responses to social stress at different age periods in clinical, non-clinical and intercultural samples 31.10.2019 Dresden, Germany Messerli-Bürgy Nadine;
Kongress der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Verhaltensmedizin und Verhaltensmodifikation Talk given at a conference Visuo-tactile Congruency influences the Body Schema during Full Body Ownership Illusion 10.10.2019 Würzburg, Switzerland Rubo Marius;
Swiss Psychological Society SGP Conference Talk given at a conference Responses to social stress in children 09.09.2019 Bern, Switzerland Messerli-Bürgy Nadine;
Swiss Psychological Society SGP Conference Poster Stress response to an age-adapted stress task in preschoolers 09.09.2019 Bern, Switzerland Leuba Anaëlle;
Annual Conference of the International Society of Psychoneuroendocrinology Poster Changes of cardiac vagal tone during a stress task in preschoolers 28.08.2019 Milano, Switzerland Messerli-Bürgy Nadine;
Swiss Stress-Network Talk given at a conference Stress regulation in preschool children 27.02.2019 Basel, Switzerland Messerli-Bürgy Nadine;
Swiss Stress-Network Poster Stress response to an age-adapted stress task in preschoolers 27.02.2019 Basel, Switzerland Leuba Anaëlle; Groene Mareike;
Annual Conference Schweiz. Gesellschaft Endokrinologie & Diabetologie Poster The impact of stress exposure and physiological stress levels on body composition 16.11.2018 Bern, Switzerland Messerli-Bürgy Nadine;
Forschungskolloquium Universität Bochum, Klinische Kinder- und Jugendpsychologie und Psychotherapie Individual talk Stressregulation bei Vorschulkindern 17.04.2018 Bochum, Germany Messerli-Bürgy Nadine;
Annual Conference Schweiz. Gesellschaft Endokrinologie & Diabetologie Talk given at a conference The relationship of physiological stress measures, behavioral problems and body composition in preschool children 15.11.2017 Bern, Switzerland Messerli-Bürgy Nadine;


Communication with the public

Communication Title Media Place Year
Media relations: print media, online media Beziehungen üben im Kindergarten Das Schweizer ElternMagazin Fritz & Fränzi German-speaking Switzerland 2019
Media relations: print media, online media Neu im Chindsgi und schon gestresst Das Schweizer ElternMagazin Fritz & Fränzi German-speaking Switzerland 2019
Media relations: print media, online media Kinder stärken mit Lebenswerten Das Schweizer ElternMagazin Fritz & Fränzi Western Switzerland 2018
Media relations: print media, online media So unterstützen Sie Ihr Kind im Umgang mit Gefühlen Das Schweizer ElternMagazin Fritz & Fränzi German-speaking Switzerland 2018

Associated projects

Number Title Start Funding scheme
147673 Relationship of stress and physical activity with psychological and physiological health in young children 01.10.2013 Sinergia

Abstract

The child’s stress regulation capacity (child SRC) is negatively influenced by stress exposure and is related to mental health problems at preschool age. The relationship of child SRC and mental health is affected by socio-environmental conditions and by the child’s disposition. Maternal SRC can support the child’s SRC under stress conditions and can positively contribute to the child’s mental health. However, effects of paternal SRC on the child’s SRC and mental health have not been investigated so far. This project aims to clarify the comprehensive interplay of biological factors (e.g. maternal and paternal SRC), socio-environmental conditions and dispositional aspects that determines the child SRC and the child’s mental health. The research program applies a cross- and longitudinal approach in Swiss children at the age of 3-4 yrs and uses a multi-informant approach, lab-based and home-based assessment techniques to clarify predictors of SRC at that age (project A). Further the program aims to understand potential changes of child SRC during a normative stress exposure (the entry to kindergarten) and its predictive value for child mental health after kindergarten entry (project B).
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