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Patty Leijten

Current projects

What can parents do to reduce disruptive child behavior?

Funders include ZonMw GGz Fellowship and UBS Optimus Foundation.

Key findings are published in Child Development (on whether behavior management and relationship enhancement are 'the golden couple' for reducing children's behavior problems), Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry (on key parenting program components fo disruptive child behavior), Clinical Psychology: Science and Practice (on using microtrials to test the effects of discrete parenting practices), and PLOS ONE (a meta-analysis of the effects of discrete parenting techniques on disruptive child behavior).

Identifying families most likely to benefit from parenting programs for children's behavior problems.

Funders include NIHR and ZonMw.
Key findings are published in The Lancet Psychiatry (on whether the IY program increases socioeconomic inequalities in conduct problems), Child Development (on whether early intervention is more effective than later intervention; video), Prevention Science and Kind en Adolescent (Dutch).

Improving the effects of parenting programs for child maltreatment.

Funders include UBS Optimus Foundation and ZonMw (with PhD student Merel de Wit).
Key findings are published in Clinical Child and Family Psychology Review and Child Abuse Review.

Harnessing the power of individual participant data meta-analysis to evaluate parenting programs for disruptive child behavior.

Funded by 
Key findings are published inJournal of Child Psychology and PsychiatryThe Lancet Psychiatry, and Child Development.

How does the experience of war and refuge impact parenting? 

Funded by UvA RPA YIELD (with PhD student Hend Eltanamly)
Key findings are published in Trauma, Violence, & Abuse.

Former projects

Parental sensitivity to disruptive child behavior (with MA student Susanne Schulz)

Funded by the UvA Research Institute of Child Development and Education.
Findings are published in Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology.

Using microtrials to better understand the effects of  discrete parenting behavior on child compliance

Funders include the Fulbright Organisation.
Findings are published in Clinical Psychology: Science and PracticeBehaviour Research and Therapyand PLOS ONE.

How transportable are parenting programs across countries?

Funded by the Swedish Board of Health and Welfare (PI Frances Gardner).
Findings are published in Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry.

How sustained are parenting program effects? (with PhD student Jolien van Aar)

Funded by the UvA Research Institute of Child Development and Education.
Findings are published in Clinical Psychology Review and Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry.

Effectiveness of the Incredible Years parenting program in families with fewer socioeconomic advantages and migration histories (PhD project)

Funded by ZonMw (PI Bram Orobio de Castro).
Findings are published in Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent PsychologyAmerican Journal of Orthopsychiatryand Systeemtherapie (Dutch).
Awarded with a ZonMw 'pearlfor excellent research with impact.

Effectiveness of a parenting program to enhance parent-adolescent communication (MA project)

Findings are published in Journal of Adolescence and Kind and Adolescent (Dutch).
This program is now included in the Dutch database of effective youth interventions