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BAPAS – Attachment Trauma in Adoptive and Foster Children – A Psychoanalytic Therapy Study

The BAPAS project aims at investigating the effects of a psychoanalytic psychotherapy for adoptive and foster children (Age: 8-11 years) with a multiple complex trauma and their adoptive/foster parents. Additionally, as part of their extended network the teachers of the children are involved in the intervention.

The BAPAS project aims at investigating the effects of a psychoanalytic psychotherapy for adoptive and foster children (Age: 8-11 years) and an additional support for their caregivers with the help of a randomised waiting list control design. Due to early aversive experiences and attachment disruptions these children have a significantly higher risk to develop a multiple complex traumatisation (van der Kolk, 2009), leading to a particular therapeutic and school-related need of support.  Some interventions for this specific group exist. However, the effectiveness of psychoanalytic child therapy in adoptive and foster children with a multiple complex traumatisation has not been investigated systematically, yet.

Furthermore, there is a lack of well-evaluated psychodynamic programs for adoptive and foster parents and the children´s teachers. While the children will receive a manualized psychoanalytic child therapy, the parents will get a support targeted to their specific needs. As part of the extended network of the children, their teachers will be offered individual consultations and trainings. The aims are to reduce children’s possible trauma-related developmental impairments und to support their school inclusion in order to decrease their educational disadvantages.

Project Heads

Dr. Judith Lebiger-Vogel

Dr. Constanze Rickmeyer

Prof. Dr. Patrick Meurs (Senior Scientist)

Selected Publications

Rickmeyer, C., Hettich, N., Lebiger-Vogel, J. Leuzinger-Bohleber, M. & Meurs, P. (2019). Was können wir aus frühen Präventionsansätzen für den Umgang mit Trauma in der Schule lernen? In J. Ziehm, B. Voet Cornelli, B. Menzel & M. Goßmann (Hrsg.), Schule migrationssensibel gestalten. Impulse für die Praxis (S. 92-115). Weinheim: Beltz.

Vliegen, N., Tang, E., & Meurs, P. (2020). Bindungstraumatisierungen bei Kindern und Jugendlichen. Leitfaden für Betreuungspersonen. Stuttgart: Kohlhammer.

Duration

08/2020–03/2022