4: Parent-child interaction and aspects of social
understanding in children
parent-child synchrony and child outcome in the context of
This sub-project accompanies sub-project 2 "Parental training". On
the one hand, aspects of psychological and biological synchrony
between parents and child will be the focus of this sub-project.
This synchrony or "coordination" between parent and child will be
recorded in joint interactions between parent and child, which
will be recorded on video. Before, during and after the
interaction, cardiovascular parameters as well as hormonal
parameters are recorded to determine biological synchrony. On the
other hand, various aspects of social understanding are examined
in the children by means of specific and age-appropriate tasks.
Mental disorders can affect the synchrony in the interaction
between parent and child and also the social understanding
abilities of parents and children. Mentalization-based parenting
counselling can help to improve this synchrony and also social
understanding. For this reason, we are investigating parent-child
interaction and social understanding in children of both healthy
people and people with mental disorders. An understanding of the
psychological and biological mechanisms underlying the effects of
mentalization-based parenting-training can contribute to the
successful development of this form of intervention and the
development of new interventions.