Internal representations of attachment in Story Stems: changes in the narratives of foster care childrenRead the abstract
Children in care, whose early experiences have often involved significant discontinuity and adversity, are at risk of developing insecure attachments with negative internal representations. This study aimed to explore changes in their internal representations over a one-year period, as well as potential factors that could influence them. Authors: Hillman, S., Villegas, C., Anderson, K., Kerr-Davis, A., & Cross, R. (2022).
Exploring foster carers’ experiences of the assessment and feedback processes of children in their careRead the abstract
This study explores perspectives of foster carers working at one UK-based independent fostering agency, Five Rivers Child Care (FRCC). Authors: Hillman, S., Anderson, K., Demetri, C., & Cross, R. (2022).
The internal worlds of sexually abused looked-after childrenRead the abstract
This study seeks to further elucidate the internal worlds of sexually abused 'looked-after' children using quantitative and psychodynamic qualitative methods. Authors: Mackin, J., Hillman, S., Cross, R., & Anderson, K. (2021).
The manifestations and correlates of dissociation amongst looked-after children in middle childhoodDownload the open access paper
This study aimed to explore the manifestations and correlates of dissociation amongst a sample of primary school-aged children looked-after children in the care of their local authority. Authors: Martin, H., Hillman, S., Cross, R., & Anderson, K. (2022).
“I didn’t have to look her in the eyes” – participants’ experiences of the therapeutic relationship in internet-based psychodynamic therapy for adolescent depressionDownload the open access paper
This study aims to explore young people's perceptions of the relationship with the therapist in internet-based psychodynamic treatment for adolescent depression. Authors: Lindqvist, K., Mechler, J., Midgley, N., Carlbring, P., Carstorp, K., Neikter, H. K., Strid, F., Below. C. V., & Philips, B. (2022).
Lighthouse Parenting Programme: description and pilot evaluation of mentalization based treatment (MBT) to address child maltreatmentRead the abstract
This article introduces an innovative mentalization based treatment (MBT) parenting intervention for families where children are at risk of maltreatment. The Lighthouse MBT Parenting Programme aims to prevent child maltreatment by promoting sensitive caregiving in parents. Authors: Byrne, G., Sleed, M., Fearon, P., Midgley, N., Mein, C., Bateman, A., & Fonagy, P. (2018).
Therapists' techniques in the treatment of adolescent depressionDownload the open access paper
The aims of this study were: to establish the fidelity of two established psychological therapies – cognitive behavioural therapy and short-term psychoanalytic psychotherapy – in the treatment of adolescent depression; and to examine whether they were delivered with adherence to their respective treatment modalities, and if they could be differentiated from each other and from a reference treatment (a brief psychosocial intervention; BPI). Authors: Midgley, N., Reynolds, S., Kelvin, R., Loades, M., Calderon, A., Martin, P., & O'Keeffe, S. (2018).
Reflective functioning on the Parent Development Interview: validity and reliability in relation to socio-demographic factorsRead the abstract
The aim of this study was to examine the distributions and discriminant and criterion validity of the Reflective Functioning coding of the Parent Development Interview (PDI-RF) scale in relation to a number of demographic and socioeconomic factors. Authors: Sleed, M., Slade, A., & Fonagy, P. (2018).
Supporting foster carers to meet the needs of looked after children: a feasibility and pilot evaluation of the Reflective Fostering ProgrammeDownload the open access paper
This study presents the feasibility and pilot evaluation of the Reflective Fostering Programme, a recently developed, group-based program to support foster carers, based on the concept of 'reflective parenting'. Authors: Midgley, N., Cirasola, A., Austerberry, C., Ranzato, E., West, G., Martin, P., Redfern, S., Cotmore, R., & Park, T. (2019).