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  • Epistemic trust: a comprehensive review of empirical insights and implications for developmental psychopathology

    This narrative review synthesizes empirical evidence on epistemic trust to inform future research. A literature search highlighted 3 areas: i) the development of selective trust in children; ii) epistemic trust in non-clinical adults; iii) its link to mental health.

    Authors: Li, E., Campbell, C., Midgley, N., & Luyten, P.

  • Associations of Epistemic Trust and Mentalization with Internalizing and Externalizing problems in adolescence: a gender-sensitive structural equation modeling approach

    The findings suggest that ET might be a transdiagnostic factor playing different roles associated with adolescent psychopathology.

    Authors: Locati F., Ilaria, B., Milesi A., Campbell, C., Midgley, N., Fonagy, P. & Parolin L.

  • The Use of Mentalization-Based Techniques in Online Psychodynamic Child Psychotherapy

    In this study, multilevel modelling analyses showed children with higher emotional lability benefited more from attention control interventions compared to those with lower emotional lability.

    Authors: Ayşenur, C., Halfon, S., Bate, J. & Midgley, N.

  • The Reflective Fostering Programme-Adapting a group parenting programme for online delivery in response to the COVID-19 pandemic in the United Kingdom

    There are opportunities and challenges in the delivery of online therapeutic services, particularly those with a group format. This paper contributes initial reflections to what we hope will be a rapidly developing literature on best practice of supporting group services in an online format.

    Authors: Redfern S, Pursch B, Katangwe-Chigamba T, Sopp R, Irvine K, Sprecher EA, Schwaiger T, Midgley N.

  • Caregiver Mentalizing and Child Emotional Regulation: A Novel Approach to Examining Bidirectional Impact

    This study investigated the link between a foster carer's ability to mentalize and how this impacted on the emotional regulation of a child they care for. It used detailed analysis of video recordings of interactions between one foster carer and one child in their care. This study used data from a project called the Relationship Stories study, that is part of the Reflective Fostering Study funded by the NIHR.

    Authors: Sprecher, E., Cresswell, C., Kerr-Davis, A., Sleed, M. & Midgley, N.

  • Holding a Foster Child’s Mind in Mind: Study Protocol for a Cluster-Randomized Controlled Trial of Mentalization-based Therapy (MBT) for Foster Families

    This trial is the first experimental study of a family therapeutic intervention based on attachment theory for foster families within the Scandinavian context.

    Authors: Dalgaard, N., Villumsen, A.M., Sørensen, K., et al.

  • Emotion regulation in children (ERiC): A protocol for a randomised clinical trial to evaluate the clinical and cost effectiveness of Mentalization Based Treatment (MBT) for school-age children with mixed emotional and behavioural difficulties

    The majority of children referred to Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) in the UK will present with mixed emotional and behavioural difficulties, but most mental health treatments are developed for single disorders.

    Authors: Midgley, N., Mortimer, R., Carter, C., Casey, P., et al.

  • Development and validation of a self-report measure of epistemic trust

    This paper describes the development and validation of a new self-report questionnaire, the Epistemic Trust, Mistrust and Credulity Questionnaire (ETMCQ). Authors: Campbell, C., Tanzer, M., Saunders, R., Allison, E., Li, E. & Fonagy, P. et al. (2021).

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  • Linking childhood emotional abuse and adult depressive symptoms: the role of mentalizing incapacity

    This study aims to disentangle the independent effects of emotional abuse on adulthood depressive symptoms by statistically controlling for other forms of childhood maltreatment, and to examine mentalizing incapacity as a potential mediator in this relationship. Authors: Li, E., Carracher, E., & Bird, T. (2020).

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