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Psychometric Properties of Parental Embodied Mentalizing Assessment Tool and Its Validity in Perinatal Mental Health Setting

Aras, Aylin; Fonagy, Peter; Campbell, Chloe; Rosan, Camilla; (2023) Psychometric Properties of Parental Embodied Mentalizing Assessment Tool and Its Validity in Perinatal Mental Health Setting. In: Panayiotou, Georgia and Greiff, Samuel, (eds.) Abstracts and programme book of the 18th European Congress of Psychology. (pp. pp. 15-16). Hogrefe: Oxford, United Kingdom. Green open access

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Abstract

Parental mentalizing, the capacity of the parent to see their own and their children’s actions as a product of underlying mental states (intentions, thoughts, and feelings), has been proposed as an important mechanism leading to mother-child attachment security, and the development of mentalizing capacity in the child. It has been associated with positive outcomes in the cognitive, social, and emotional development of the child (Luyten et al., 2021; Sharp & Fonagy, 2008). Existing operationalizations of the construct are predominantly based on semantically described, explicit aspects of parental mentalizing, such as parental reflective functioning, insightfulness, and mind-mindedness. Recently, Shai and Belsky (2011a, 2011b) introduced the theoretical construct of parental embodied mentalization, in an attempt to encompass nonverbal, implicit aspects of parental mentalization. Assuming kinaesthetic dyadic exchanges as embodied manifestations of underlying mental states, a new measure has been developed to measure the parental capacity to mentalize based on the frame-by-frame analysis of the dyadic bodily expressions in the sound-off, video-recorded interactions. In recent years, although there is an increase in empirical studies using the PEM tool, which provides some support for the validity of the measure in relation to verbal measures of mentalizing, child development, attachment security, maternal sensitivity, psychometric properties of this measure still wait to be established. Therefore, this presentation will aim to share the outcomes of the ongoing research assessing the psychometric properties of a newly developed measure, Parental Embodied Mentalizing Assessment (PEMA), and its relation to sociodemographic factors in a clinical sample of mothers from the perinatal mental health setting. The clinical and research implications will be discussed.

Type: Proceedings paper
Title: Psychometric Properties of Parental Embodied Mentalizing Assessment Tool and Its Validity in Perinatal Mental Health Setting
Event: 18th European Congress of Psychology, July 2023, Brighton
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1024/2673-8627/a000043
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1024/2673-8627/a000043
Language: English
Additional information: © 2023 The Author(s)Distributed as a Hogrefe OpenMind article European Journal of Psychology Open(2023),82(Suppl. 1)under the license CC BY 4.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0)
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences > Clinical, Edu and Hlth Psychology
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10186945
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