Leiden University - The Netherlands | Child Maltreatment: Risk factors, consequences, and possibilities for prevention and intervention.
Child Maltreatment: Risk factors, consequences, and possibilities for prevention and intervention.
Marian Bakermans-Kranenburg is professor of Child and Family Studies at Leiden University, The Netherlands. Her research focus is attachment and emotion regulation in parents and their children, with special emphasis on neurobiological processes in parenting and development. She was involved in studies on the prevalence of child maltreatment in The Netherlands and conducted meta-analyses on abuse and neglect around the world.
Moreover, she co-developed and tested the Video-feedback Intervention to promote Positive Parenting and Sensitive Discipline (VIPP-SD; Juffer, Bakermans-Kranenburg, & Van IJzendoorn, 2017), an early intervention aimed at increasing caregiver sensitivity and improving adequate discipline strategies in order to prevent or reduce behavior problems in children aged 0 to 6 years. To reach this goal, the home-based program works on: (1) increasing the observational skills of caregivers; (2) increasing caregivers’ knowledge about the upbringing and development of young children; (3) increasing the capacity of caregivers to empathize with their children, and (4) making caregiving behavior more effective by using sensitive responsiveness and sensitive discipline. Other research interests include the interplay between nature and nurture in development, and the role of oxytocin in parenting. She is currently PI of a research project on neurobiological factors involved in fathers’ parenting, funded by the European Research Council.