Child Maltreatment: identifying
Project 2 of Theme 4: Socio-emotional development across cultures
PI: Monique Pfaltz (University of Zurich, Switzerland).
Else-Marie Augusti, Norwegian Centre for Violence and Traumatic Stress Studies (Norway)
Tanja Michael, Saarland University (Germany)
Misari Oe, Kurume University Hospital (Japan)
Miranda Olff, Amsterdam UMC (Netherlands)
Monique Pfaltz, University of Zurich (Switzerland)
Ulrich Schnyder, University of Zurich (Switzerland)
Wataru Sato, Kyoto University (Japan)
Sandra Scivoletto, University of São Paulo (Brazil)
Soraya Seedat, Stellenbosch University (South Africa)
Jumpei Yamkma, Beppu University (Japan)
The aim is to identify socio-emotional consequences of child maltreatment including crosscultural aspects, and to initiate collaborative research, by bringing together researchers from around the world. More in particular, we aim at identifying alterations in specific communicative and social skills (e.g., setting boundaries, recognizing other’s emotional state from non-verbal signals, expressing one’s own emotions during social interactions), which might underlie interpersonal difficulties and relationship problems that many individuals with a history of child maltreatment are facing. This research shall serve as a basis for the development of clinical interventions that aim at improving social relationship in affected individuals.
Activity 1: CM SEC Workshop
CM SEC is intended to result in concrete research plans for research projects and other scientific activities (meta-analysis/review, preparation of funding applications for the planned research projects) within the theme “Socio-emotional Development Across Cultures”. Action plans with the next steps will be worked out for each project as part of the workshop.
Results of the workshop will be presented at the 36th Annual Meeting of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (ISTSS), in November 2020. Projects and further results arising from the workshop will furthermore be published on this Global Collaboration website.
We will collaborate with other researchers from the Global Collaboaration (https://www.global-psychotrauma.net/fair) to ensure that data arising from our projects are FAIR (findable, accessible, interoperable, and reusable).
University of Zurich
May 11-12, 2020
Interested in participating?
Please contact Monique Pfaltz:
The workshop will provide a platform for junior and senior researchers to jointly draw up a research agenda that covers the following aims:
based on clinical (psychotherapeutic) needs of affected individuals, discuss and decide on the most pressing research questions that theme 4 of the Global Collaboration will address
exchange knowledge on research methodology, particularly experimental paradigms, to plan scientifically sound projects
decide on specific projects that will be conducted in the coming 3 to 5 years (e.g., a joint meta-analysis, specific research projects) and plan corresponding next steps to carry out these projects
include study populations in cultures that have not yet received much scientific attention and take into account the cultural impact on socio-emotional processes.
Researchers from various cultures will participate to foster a cross-cultural understanding of the topic. Next to researchers from the broader trauma field, the workshop will mainly include researchers with a strong experimental and basic research background in the processing of socio-emotional signals, which will enable the utilization of culturally adapted paradigms (e.g., facial expression stimuli matching the cultural context of participants) and thus of methodologically sound research projects. Moreover, we would like to include researchers working with interventional designs as well as clinicians to ensure transferability to clinical practice and psychotherapy.
There are still a few open spots. If you are interested in participating, please contact Monique.Pfaltz-AT-usz.ch.
We are looking for (junior or senior) researchers who have experience with either experimental research methods, interactive or interventional study designs.
Course of the workshop: A short online survey will be conducted in advance of the workshop to create an initial topic list. During the workshop, working in small groups, on specific topics based on the online survey. Towards the end of the second day of the workshop, plans for research projects will be presented to experts in the field followed by discussion and feedback in preparation of the next steps, including finding funding.