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Unconditional parental regard: Its nature and its consequences

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postcode: 1012WX

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 Coordinator Country Netherlands [NL]
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 Total cost 162˙864 €
 EC max contribution 162˙864 € (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-GF
 Starting year 2016
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2016-06-01   to  2018-05-31


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 Project objective

Unconditional parental regard refers to parents accepting children for who they are, even when they disapprove of children’s achievements (e.g., school grades). Psychological theory holds that children internalize unconditional regard to feel worthy for who they are. Children may thus feel less pressured to excel, and become more intrinsically motivated and less afraid of failure. However, unconditional regard has received little empirical scrutiny. The main objectives of this 24-month Marie Curie IF-GF are (a) to investigate the nature and consequences of unconditional parental regard in childhood; (b) to provide advanced training in experimental research (pioneered by the partner organization) and intervention development (pioneered by the beneficiary); and (c) to provide advanced training in soft skills and entrepreneurial skills. Thus, it brings the applicant closer to mid-term career goals of becoming a leading expert and establishing a research group in the field of socialization—a field where the EU currently lags behind the US. In this project, one study explores how parents express unconditional regard (Study 1). Two experiments investigate the causal effects of unconditional regard on children’s self-worth and motivation (Study 2-3). An observational-longitudinal study investigates whether the effects of unconditional regard sustain over time in children’s lives (Study 4). The studies will be conducted in specialized laboratories under supervision of leading experts. The project strengthens the EU’s position in the field of socialization, and establishes a long-term cross-disciplinary collaboration between the applicant and participating parties. The results will have timely societal implications: Contemporary EU youth suffer more ill-being and motivational problems than did previous generations. To help alleviate these problems, the applicant will develop and implement an unconditional-regard intervention in partnership with EU health-care professionals.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2018 Eddie Brummelman, David Terburg, Miranda Smit, Susan M. Bögels, Peter A. Bos
Parental touch reduces social vigilance in children
published pages: , ISSN: 1878-9293, DOI: 10.1016/j.dcn.2018.05.002
Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience 2019-06-13
2017 Sander Thomaes, Eddie Brummelman, Joshua D. Miller, Scott O. Lilienfeld
The dark personality and psychopathology: Toward a brighter future.
published pages: 835-842, ISSN: 0021-843X, DOI: 10.1037/abn0000305
Journal of Abnormal Psychology 126/7 2019-06-13
2018 Milica Nikolić, Eddie Brummelman, Cristina Colonnesi, Wieke de Vente, Susan M. Bögels
When gushing leads to blushing: Inflated praise leads socially anxious children to blush
published pages: 1-7, ISSN: 0005-7967, DOI: 10.1016/j.brat.2018.04.003
Behaviour Research and Therapy 106 2019-06-13
2018 Eddie Brummelman, Cisem Gürel, Sander Thomaes, Constantine Sedikides
What separates narcissism from self-esteem? A social-cognitive perspective
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI:
The Handbook of trait narcissism: Key advances, research methods, and controversies 2019-06-13
2017 Eddie Brummelman, Sander Thomaes
How Children Construct Views of Themselves: A Social-Developmental Perspective
published pages: 1763-1773, ISSN: 0009-3920, DOI: 10.1111/cdev.12961
Child Development 88/6 2019-06-13
2017 Raffael Kalisch, Dewleen G. Baker, Ulrike Basten, Marco P. Boks, George A. Bonanno, Eddie Brummelman, Andrea Chmitorz, Guillén Fernàndez, Christian J. Fiebach, Isaac Galatzer-Levy, Elbert Geuze, Sergiu Groppa, Isabella Helmreich, Talma Hendler, Erno J. Hermans, Tanja Jovanovic, Thomas Kubiak, Klaus Lieb, Beat Lutz, Marianne B. Müller, Ryan J. Murray, Caroline M. Nievergelt, Andreas Reif, Karin Roelofs, Bart P. F. Rutten, David Sander, Anita Schick, Oliver Tüscher, Ilse Van Diest, Anne-Laura van Harmelen, Ilya M. Veer, Eric Vermetten, Christiaan H. Vinkers, Tor D. Wager, Henrik Walter, Michèle Wessa, Michael Wibral, Birgit Kleim
The resilience framework as a strategy to combat stress-related disorders
published pages: 784-790, ISSN: 2397-3374, DOI: 10.1038/s41562-017-0200-8
Nature Human Behaviour 1/11 2019-06-13
2018 Eddie Brummelman
The praise paradox
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI:
Behavioral Scientist 2019-06-13
2017 Eddie Brummelman
The emergence of narcissism and self-esteem: A social-cognitive approach
published pages: 1-12, ISSN: 1740-5629, DOI: 10.1080/17405629.2017.1419953
European Journal of Developmental Psychology 2019-06-13
2018 Sander Thomaes, Eddie Brummelman
Parents’ socialization of narcissism
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI:
The Handbook of trait narcissism: Key advances, research methods, and controversies 2019-06-13

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