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MuKi – Courageous Children: Behaviour-based Investigation of Emotional Expectation- and valuation processes of Multiple Complex-traumatized Children

The MuKi project investigates the reward expectations of children aged 9–11 who have had repeated aversive experiences in their immediate environment and have repeatedly been separated from important caregivers. Emotional expectation and evaluation processes as precursors of social and cognitive learning are the focus of the study.

In the MuKi project, children between the ages of 9 and 11 whose early life histories are already marked by frequent separation and other aversive experiences are investigated.

A significant number of studies have shown that children who grow up in rather insecure conditions often show a number of behavioural and regulatory disorders (Weinberg, 2010). In particular, it can be assumed that these children show increased expectation anxiety and emotion avoidance (Cella et al., 2010; Sebold et al., 2014), which – specifically – affects their reward anticipation.

To gain a better understanding of these results, the children play a computer game in which they can win, but also can lose something. We expect children with inconspicuous life stories to have better behavioral control in win and loss situations. In addition, the children are asked about their family histories and their personal strengths as well as their weaknesses using established psychometric methods. We have the possibility to convey children in a psychotherapeutic treatment promptly if required.

Participation in the study is only possible after extensive enlightenment and agreement and is subject to absolute confidentiality.

 

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07/2019 – 07/2020