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The parent's capacity to treat the child as a psychological agent: constructs, measures and implications for developmental psychopathology

Sharp, C; Fonagy, P; (2008) The parent's capacity to treat the child as a psychological agent: constructs, measures and implications for developmental psychopathology. Social Development , 17 (3) 737 - 754. 10.1111/j.1467-9507.2007.00457.x. Green open access

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Abstract

Recent studies of the relationship between parenting and child development have included a focus on the parent's capacity to treat the child as a psychological agent. Several constructs have been developed to refer to this capacity, for example maternal mind-mindedness, reflective functioning, and parental mentalizing. In this review article, we compare and contrast different constructs from diverse theoretical backgrounds that have been developed to operationalize parental mentalizing. We examine the empirical evidence to date in support of each of the constructs and review the relevant measures associated with each construct. Next, we discuss the possibility that these apparently diverse constructs may tap into the same underlying neurobiological socio-cognitive system. We conclude by proposing a testable model for describing the links between parental mentalization, the development of mentalizing in children, and child psychopathology.

Type: Article
Title: The parent's capacity to treat the child as a psychological agent: constructs, measures and implications for developmental psychopathology
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-9507.2007.00457.x
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-9507.2007.00457.x
Language: English
Additional information: This is the accepted version of the following article: Sharp, C; Fonagy, P; (2008) The parent's capacity to treat the child as a psychological agent: Constructs, measures and implications for developmental psychopathology. SOC DEV , 17 (3) 737 - 754, which has been published in final form at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-9507.2007.00457.x
Keywords: maternal mind-mindedness, reflective functioning, parental mentalizing, developmental psychopathology, MATERNAL MIND-MINDEDNESS, META-EMOTION PHILOSOPHY, ATTACHMENT SECURITY, INFANT ATTACHMENT, MOTHERS REPRESENTATIONS, PREDICTIVE-VALIDITY, ADULT ATTACHMENT, SOCIAL COGNITION, TRANSMISSION GAP, BEHAVIOR
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
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/150118
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