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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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  • A qualitative study of parents’ understanding and motivation to take part in a randomised controlled trial in the field of adolescent mental health

    This study aimed to investigate parents’ perspectives on participating in a trial for psychological treatment of depression. The study explored parents’ motivations, understanding of the trial and perspectives on the acceptability of the trial. Authors: O'Keeffe, S., Weitkamp, K., Isaacs. D., Target, M., Eatough, V., & 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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  • 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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