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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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  • Supporting foster carers to meet the needs of looked after children: a feasibility and pilot evaluation of the Reflective Fostering Programme

    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).

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  • ‘What support would you find helpful?’ The relationship between treatment expectations, therapeutic engagement and clinical outcomes in parent-infant psychotherapy.

    The aim of this study was to investigate the impact of pretreatment expectations on clinical outcomes and engagement in Parent–Infant Psychotherapy (PIP). Authors: Ransley, R., Sleed, M., Baradon, T., Fonagy, P. (2019).

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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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  • Studying the process of psychoanalytic parent-infant psychotherapy: embodied and discursive aspects

    This paper presents findings from an intensive, mixed methods case study of one session of psychoanalytic parent–infant psychotherapy addressing early relational trauma, and aims to shed light on the multimodal interactive processes that take place in the moment-to-moment exchanges comprising the therapeutic encounter. Authors: Avdi, E., Amiran, K., Sleed, M., & Baradon, T. (2020).

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  • Enhancing parental reflective functioning through early dyadic interventions: a systematic review and meta-analysis

    The aim of this review was to evaluate the effectiveness of dyadic interventions targeting parents of infant and toddlers, in improving parental reflective functioning and a number of secondary outcomes. Authors: Barlow, J., Midgley, N., & Sleed, M. (2020).

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  • The therapeutic relationship in child psychotherapy: integrating the perspectives of children, parents and therapists

    This study addresses the therapeutic relationship in child psychotherapy, through an exploration of the experience of the main actors engaged in child psychotherapy. Authors: Núñez, L., Midgley, N., Capella, C., Alamo, N., Mortimer, R., Krause, M. (2021).

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  • A qualitative analysis of goals set by foster carers seeking support for their child’s emotional wellbeing

    The present study seeks to examine the goals that carers who are looking after children with emotional and/or behavioural difficulties set at the start of an intervention, the Reflective Fostering Programme, designed to support them. Authors: Ranzato, E., Austerberry, C., Besser, S.J., Cirasola, A., Midgley, N. (2021).

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  • Mentalization based interventions for children aged 6–12 and their carers: a narrative systematic review

    Mentalization based treatment (MBT), which aims to improve mentalizing capacity, is widely used in adults and in parent-infant therapy, but adaptations of MBT for middle childhood are less well documented. A systematic search of key databases was carried out using a PICO model. Authors: Midgley, N., Sprecher, E., & Sleed, M. (2021).

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