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Individual Differences in Environmental Sensitivity to Parenting

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Project "EStoPARENTING" data sheet

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Organization address
address: 327 MILE END ROAD
city: LONDON
postcode: E1 4NS

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 Coordinator Country United Kingdom [UK]
 Total cost 183˙454 €
 EC max contribution 183˙454 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.3.2. (Nurturing excellence by means of cross-border and cross-sector mobility)
 Code Call H2020-MSCA-IF-2015
 Funding Scheme MSCA-IF-EF-ST
 Starting year 2016
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2016-05-01   to  2018-04-30


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# participants  country  role  EC contrib. [€] 
1    QUEEN MARY UNIVERSITY OF LONDON UK (LONDON) coordinator 183˙454.00


 Project objective

Parenting is one of the strongest, most robust and consistent predictors of child development. Although parenting is important for all children, a substantial number of studies provide evidence that some children are more negatively affected by harsh parenting than other children. More recently, it has been shown that some of these “vulnerable” children also benefit more from supportive parenting: they are generally more sensitive to their rearing environment. However, these studies tend to rely on proxy markers of such Environmental Sensitivity (ES). Specifically designed measures of ES do currently not exist. We propose to develop a new observer-rated ES measure in early childhood and, applying this measure, investigate whether more sensitive children are more affected by both negative and positive parenting practices in middle childhood. Furthermore, we will explore associations between this new objective measure of ES and related temperament traits as well as gene variants, applying a multidisciplinary approach. The project is based on existing data from the on-going longitudinal Stony Brook Temperament Study. The Experienced Researcher, with extensive proficiency in parenting research and in the coding of child behaviour, will be trained to undertake this research with the support of the leading experts in the field. This project will significantly advance the field of developmental psychology by providing the first objective measure of sensitivity in early childhood which will allow for more precise empirical testing of Environmental Sensitivity. The findings of the proposed study will significantly deepen our understanding and insight into the interplay between individual difference in Environmental Sensitivity and parenting quality across childhood by applying a modern multidisciplinary approach which combines methods of developmental psychology with molecular genetics.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2018 Bernadette de Villiers, Francesca Lionetti, Michael Pluess
Vantage sensitivity: a framework for individual differences in response to psychological intervention
published pages: 545-554, ISSN: 0933-7954, DOI: 10.1007/s00127-017-1471-0
Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology 53/6 2019-06-13
2018 Michael Pluess, Elham Assary, Francesca Lionetti, Kathryn J. Lester, Eva Krapohl, Elaine N. Aron, Arthur Aron
Environmental sensitivity in children: Development of the Highly Sensitive Child Scale and identification of sensitivity groups.
published pages: 51-70, ISSN: 0012-1649, DOI: 10.1037/dev0000406
Developmental Psychology 54/1 2019-06-13
2018 Francesca Lionetti, Arthur Aron, Elaine N. Aron, G. Leonard Burns, Jadzia Jagiellowicz, Michael Pluess
Dandelions, tulips and orchids: evidence for the existence of low-sensitive, medium-sensitive and high-sensitive individuals
published pages: 1-11, ISSN: 2158-3188, DOI: 10.1038/s41398-017-0090-6
Translational Psychiatry 8/1 2019-06-13

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