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Auswirkungen eines Sensitivitätstrainings bei Müttern mit Kindern im 6. Lebensmonat.

English title The effects of sensitivity training with mothers who have 6 months old children.
Applicant Perrez Meinrad
Number 129817
Funding scheme Project funding (Div. I-III)
Research institution Departement für Psychologie Universität Freiburg
Institution of higher education University of Fribourg - FR
Main discipline Psychology
Start/End 01.04.2010 - 31.03.2011
Approved amount 99'674.00
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Keywords (5)

sensitivity; development; parenting; training; family

Lay Summary (English)

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Socialization in the family is a crucial factor in the etiology of emotional disorders and abnormal behavior in children. Within this context, skillful parenting plays a key role. If the parents engage in appropriate daily interactions with their children and master specific developmental tasks effectively, improved conditions for child development and a lower incidence of childhood disorders can be expected. The current research represents a longitudinal study with a randomized intervention group. We investigate the influence of maternal sensitivity, a decisive factor with respect to child development during the first year of life, with respect to the child’s socio-emotional development, as well as with respect to parenting behavior. Of all mothers in the study, 50% participate in a sensitivity training (Freiburg Sensitivity Training for Parents, FSTP), which was specifically developed and piloted for this investigation, based on well-established intervention programs. Individual, family and environmental influences are examined as moderator variables (e.g., personality characteristics, relationship satisfaction, and child care). Data collection takes place when the baby is 5, 9 and 15 months old. In the 6th and 10th months, the babies are videotaped in their home.Although the effectiveness of the sensitivity training and the positive effects of parental sensitivity have been tested empirically, the direct effect of a sensitivity training on child development and the parental relationship remains insufficiently understood (with the exception of attachment security). It is thus important to examine the mother’s sensitivity to the child needs and its impact on early child development, couple-dynamics and parenting, in greater depth. Other relevant variables on the level of parents and the child, and contextual variables are taken into account. Finally, the effectiveness of the FSTP training is evaluated with a Swiss sample.
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104890 NCCR SESAM: Swiss Etiological Study of Adjustment and Mental Health (phase I) 01.10.2005 National Centres of Competence in Research (NCCRs)

Abstract

Socialization in the family is a crucial factor in the etiology of emotional disorders and abnormal behavior in children. Within this context, skillful parenting plays a key role. If the parents engage in appropriate daily interactions with their children and master specific developmental tasks effectively, improved conditions for child development and a lower incidence of childhood disorders can be expected. The current research represents a longitudinal study with a randomized intervention group. We investigate the influence of maternal sensitivity, a decisive factor with respect to child development during the first year of life, with respect to the child’s socio-emotional development, as well as with respect to parenting behavior. Of all mothers in the study, 50% participate in a sensitivity training (Freiburg Sensitivity Training for Parents, FSTP), which was specifically developed and piloted for this investigation, based on well-established intervention programs. Individual, family and environmental influences are examined as moderator variables (e.g., personality characteristics, relationship satisfaction, and child care). Data collection takes place when the baby is 5, 9 and 15 months old. In the 6th and 10th months, the babies are videotaped in their home.Although the effectiveness of the sensitivity training and the positive effects of parental sensitivity have been tested empirically, the direct effect of a sensitivity training on child development and the parental relationship remains insufficiently understood (with the exception of attachment security). It is thus important to examine the mother’s sensitivity to the child needs and its impact on early child development, couple-dynamics and parenting, in greater depth. Other relevant variables on the level of parents and the child, and contextual variables are taken into account. Finally, the effectiveness of the FSTP training is evaluated with a Swiss sample.
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