20 September - Parent-child relationships and mind-mindedness in clinical populations
School of Applied Psychology
Dr Fionnuala Larkin
Monday 20th September, 1pm - online: https://bit.ly/3CsQnAL
Parental mind-mindedness describes a parent’s tendency to understand their child as a being with a mind of their own. This construct has been tied to a range of positive outcomes in children’s emotional and social-cognitive development (Hughes, Aldercotte, & Foley, 2017; Meins et al., 2001; Meins, 2013; Meins et al., 2013). Individual differences in parental mind-mindedness are not well understood, and there has been little investigation of mind-mindedness in clinical populations where either the parent or child has a mental health or neurodevelopmental disorder. This presentation will present findings from cross-sectional and longitudinal studies to investigate (a) whether mind- mindedness is amenable to change, (b) cognitive, emotional and cultural underpinnings of mind-mindedness, (c) whether mind-mindedness is more difficult in the context of neurodevelopmental disorders, and (d) the influence of mind-mindedness on children’s outcomes. The presentation will finish with an outline of future avenues for research in clinical applications of mind mindedness.