Key Publications

  • Alink, L.R.A., Mesman, J., Van Zeijl, J., Stolk, M.N., Juffer, F., Koot, H.M., Bakermans-Kranenburg, M.J., & Van IJzendoorn, M.H. (in press). Maternal Sensitivity Moderates the Relation between Negative Discipline and Aggression in Early Childhood . Social Development.
  • Stolk, M.N., Mesman, J., Van Zeijl, J., Alink, L.R.A., Bakermans-Kranenburg, M.J., Van IJzendoorn, M.H., Juffer, F., & Koot, M.H. (in press). Early parenting intervention aimed at maternal sensitivity and discipline: A process evaluation. Journal of Community Psychology.
  • Mesman, J., Stolk, M.N., Van Zeijl. J., Alink, L.R.A., Juffer, F., Bakermans-Kranenburg, M.J., Van IJzendoorn, M.H., & Koot, H.M. (2007). Extending VIPP to parental discipline: The early prevention of antisocial behavior. In F. Juffer, M.J. Bakermans-Kranenburg, & M.H. van IJzendoorn (Eds.), Promoting Positive Parenting: An attachment-based intervention. Lawrence Erlbaum.
  • Alink, L.R.A., Mesman, J., Van Zeijl, J., Stolk, M.N., Juffer, F., Koot, H.M., Bakermans-Kranenburg, M.J., & Van IJzendoorn, M.H. (2006). The early childhood aggression curve: Development of physical aggression in 10- to 50-month-old children . Child Development, 77, 954-966.
    This study examines the prevalence, stability, and development of physical aggression, as reported by mothers and fathers, in a sample of children initially recruited at 12, 24, and 36 months (N=2,253) and in a subsample followed up 1 year later (n=271) in a cross-sequential design. Physical aggression occurred in 12-month-olds, but significantly more often in 24- and 36-month-olds. The rates of physically aggressive behaviors increased in the 2nd year of life, and declined from the 3rd birthday onward. Stabilities were moderate for 12-month-olds and high for 24- and 36-month-olds. At the ages of 24 and 36 months, boys were more aggressive than girls. the results confirm and extend R.E. Tremblay's (2004) hypothesis about the early development of physical aggression.
  • 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.
    The home-based intervention programm Video-feedback Intervention to promote Positive Parenting and Sensitive Discipline (VIPP-SD) was tested in a randomized controlled trial with 237 families screened for their 1- to 3-year-old children's relatively high scores on externalizing behavior. VIPP-SD, based on attachment theory and coercion theory, focuses on mirroring and discussing actual parent-child interactions in six 1.5-hr sessions with individual families at home. VIPP-SD proved to be effective in enhancing maternal attidues toward sensitivity and sensitive discipline and in promoting sensitive discipline interactions in the intervention group as compared with the control group. Moreover, in families with more marital discord and in families with more daily hassles, the intervention resulted in a decrease of overactive problem behaviors in the cildren. The authors conclude that VIPP-SD should become an important module in attachment-based interventions.
  • Van Zeijl, J., Mesman, J. Stolk, M.H., Alink, L.R.A., Van IJzendoorn, M.H., Bakermans-Kranenburg, M.J., Juffer, F., & Koot, H.M. (2006). Terrible ones? Assessment of externalizing behaviors in infancy with the child behavior checklist. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 47, 801-810.
    Background: This study investigated the occurrence, cross-informant agreement, 1-year stability, and context characteristics of externalizing behaviors in 12-month-old children, as compared to 24- and 36-month-olds.
    Methods: In a general populations sample of 786 12-month-olds, 720 24-month-olds, and 744 36-month-olds, the CBCL/11/2-5 was obtained from mothers and fathers and again one year later for a subsample of 307 children. Mothers of 1,831 children also provided complete data on child, mother, and family characteristics.
    Results: Over three-fourths of the externalizing behaviors occurred in more than 10% of 12-month-olds, over one-third of the items in more than 25%. For almost all externalizing behaviors, the occurrence was significantly lower in 12-month-olds compared to 24- and 36-month-old children. Mother-father agreement and 1-year stabiliity of externalizing behaviors in 12-month-old children wre significant, but generally somewhat lower than 24- and 36-moth-olds. Contex characteristics were related to externalizing behaviors in 12-month-olds as well as in older children. Some associations were less pronounced in 12-month-old children, but the overall pattern of correlates was similar across age groups.
    Conclusions: The results of this study show that externalizing behaviors in 12-month-old children merit further reseach and can be assessed with the CBCL in a valid way.

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