Early childhood parenting: Observational methods and cross-cultural perspectives in relation to children's social-emotional development


Judi Mesman, Professor of Diversity in Parenting and Development, Leiden University, the Netherlands.
Prof. dr. Mesman is doing research within the role of parent and child, gender, culture, and socioeconomic factors in shaping parent-child interactions and child developmental pathways, with special emphasis on observational research on sensitive parenting. 

We know that parents have a significant influence on how children turn out, including their social-emotional development and resilience. Children’s experiences in their earliest years affect their ability to form trusting relationships, their cognitive and academic skills, and the way they respond to stress.The nature of such family processes can vary widely between cultures, and both researchers and practitioners require insights into such variations to fully understand the meaning and influences of parenting on children from diverse backgrounds.  


The purpose of this lecture is to give the participants an overview of the newest research on standardized observation of early childhood parenting and the role of parents’ cultural backgrounds in the manifestations and assessment of parenting quality.  

Learning objectives
The course will give you a better understanding of:

  • Early childhood parenting in relation to children’s social-emotional development 
  • The nature and meaning of different dimensions of parenting, including sensitive responsiveness and discipline
  • Standardized observation methods of parenting behaviors and patterns
  • Cross-cultural differences in parental sensitive responsiveness and discipline
  • A video-feedback intervention aimed at improving early childhood parenting

Psychologists within child research (assessment as well as intervention), child clinical psychologists, child neuropsychologists (e.g. private practice, educational psychologists, hospital employees, parent counselors etc.). This seminar could be relevant for researchers and professionals within other fields as well (e.g. psychiatrists, pediatricians, policy makers, researchers in health and social science).

Lecture incl. video examples from research studies to illustrate the processes that will be discussed in the lecture.  


  • Early childhood social-emotional development
  • Parenting
  • Observational assessment
  • Interventions
  • Cross-cultural differences in parenting
  • The concepts of sensitivity and discipline
  • Socio-economic influence
  • The Ainsworth Scale

The following literature will be discussed during the lecture. You do not need til read it before. Articles 1 and 2 will be available in "Mit DP" approx. 3 weeks before the lecture.

The Ainsworth sensitivity scale will be used during the lecture and will be available in "Mit DP" approx. 3 weeks before the lecture. 

  1. Van Zeijl, J., Mesman, J., Van IJzendoorn, M.H., Bakermans-Kranenburg, M.J., Juffer, F., Stolk, M.N., Koot, H.M., & Alink, L.R.A. (2006). Attachment-based intervention for enhancing sensitive discipline in mothers of 1- to 3-year-old children at risk for externalizing behavior problems: A randomized controlled trial. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 74, 994 – 1005.
  2. Mesman, J., Minter, T., Angnged, A., Cissé, I.A.H., Salali, G.D., & Migliano, A.B. (2017). Universality without Uniformity: A Culturally Inclusive Approach to Sensitive Responsiveness in Infant Caregiving. Child Development, online first.
  3. Joosen, K., Mesman, J., Bakermans-Kranenburg, Van IJzendoorn, M.H. (2012). Maternal Sensitivity to Infants in Various Settings Predicts Harsh Discipline in Toddlerhood. Attachment and Human Development, 14, 101-117.
  4. Emmen R.A.G., Malda M., Mesman J., Van IJzendoorn M.H., Prevoo M.J.L. & Yeniad N. (2013), Socioeconomic Status and Parenting in Ethnic Minority Families: Testing a Minority Family Stress Model, Journal of Family Psychology 27(6): 896-904.
Godkendt til
Specialistuddannelse i klinisk børnepsykologi:, 6 timer.
Specialistuddannelse i klinisk børneneuropsykologi:, 3 timer og, 3 timer.
Specialistuddannelse i psykoterapi, børn og voksne: 3.99., 6 timer.



Specialiseringsmodulerne - Early childhood parenting: Observational methods and cross-cultural perspectives in relation to children's social-emotional development




Dansk Psykolog Forening København
Stockholmsgade 27
2100 København Ø

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Tid og varighed

Torsdag 31. januar 2019. Kl. 10.00-17.00 - Varighed: 6 timer.

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31. november 2018.

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