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  • 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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  • Trust me! Parental embodied mentalizing predicts infant cognitive and language development in longitudinal follow-up

    In this investigation we employed both verbal and non-verbal, body-based, approaches to parental mentalizing, to examine whether parental mentalizing in a clinical sample predicts children’s cognitive and language development 12 months later. Authors: Shai, D., Laor Black, A., Spencer, R., Sleed, M., Baradon, T., Nolte, T., Fonagy, P. (2022).

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  • The clinical challenge of mentalization-based therapy with children who are in ‘pretend mode’

    This paper suggests that the pretend mode is a valuable clinical concept for therapists working with school-age children, but that its use in this context needs some clarification. Authors: Muller, N., Midgley, N. (2020).

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  • Psychodynamic therapy with children and adolescents

    We review the history of psychodynamic approaches to therapy with children and adolescents. Next, we review key elements of a psychodynamic framework in child and adolescent therapy. Finally, we provide examples of contemporary evidence-based psychodynamic treatments for infants and toddlers, school-age children, and adolescents with a range of presenting problems. Authors: Kufferath-Lina, T., Prout, T., Midgley, N., Hepworth, M., & Fonagy, P. (2020).

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  • The building of epistemic trust: an adoptive family’s experience of mentalization based therapy

    This study aims to investigate how epistemic mistrust is addressed and how epistemic trust is established within the mentalization based therapy framework. Authors: Jaffrani, A., Sunley, T., & Midgley, N. (2020).

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  • Lighthouse Parenting Programme: description and pilot evaluation of mentalization based treatment (MBT) to address child maltreatment

    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).

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  • Reflective functioning on the Parent Development Interview: validity and reliability in relation to socio-demographic factors

    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).

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  • Exploring the structure, quality, and associations of Palestinian mothers’ high-risk mental representations in war conditions

    This pilot study examines the feasibility of a novel coding system for the Parent Development Interview (PDI) interview (ARR, Assessment of Representational Risk) in assessing 50 war-exposed Palestinian mothers’ caregiving representations. Authors: Isoavi, S. & Sleed, M. (2020).

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