The predictors of change in reflective parenting therapy: Uncovering the influence of parental reflective functioning and child temperament in predicting the improvement in parent-child relationship and child outcome following DUET group intervention

Atara Menashe-Grinberg, Naama Atzaba-Poria

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Abstract

Parental reflective functioning (PRF) is the ability of parents to understand their child's behavior in light of underlying mental processes; it is a core element in the parent-child relationship. RF is also considered crucial for self-regulation for both parents and their children. We investigated the relationship between improvement in PRF after DUET group intervention (a RF-based intervention) and improvement in the parent-child interaction, child RF, and child adjustment, and we examined whether these improvements were distinct for children with different temperamental traits (e.g., effortful control). Eighty-four parents completed the DUET program and were assessed before and after the intervention. PRF was measured using observation (mind-mindedness) and a questionnaire. Statistical analysis included hierarchical regression and moderation of regression analysis. Results showed that improvement in the parent-child interaction, child RF, and child behavioral problems were related to improvement in PRF. Furthermore, we found that child temperament acted as a moderator in the link between PRF and child RF, supporting a vantage sensitivity model, meaning that it was the more sensitive children who benefitted the most as a result of the positive change in their parents' RF. Clinical and future directions of this study are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1901-1912
Number of pages12
JournalDevelopment and Psychopathology
Volume35
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Oct 2023

Keywords

  • behavioral problems
  • mentalization
  • parenting
  • parent–child interaction
  • reflective functioning

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology

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