Parent-child interaction

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Parent-child interaction

Interaction between children and their parents is a classical study object in developmental psychology, pediatrics, and child psychiatry. Surely, the quality of parent-child interaction is one of the major predictors of emotional and social development of children in the first years of life.

Children thrive in a positive environment, so hearing compliments, stating clear expectations for positive behaviors, and positively engaging with the child should enhance self-confidence and the development of communication and healthy habits.

Solutions for Parent-child interaction

Observing parent and child

Some observe and record behavior in a stationary observation lab, while others record behavior on-site with a portable lab. Multi room labs can be designed with Viso®, the multi video recording suite. 

Other researchers use just a camera to make video recordings, and analyze their recordings afterwards with The Observer® XT. They often combine behavioral parameters with other information like parental reports, rating scales and school results.

Mother-child interaction

This is what Baby Facereader looks like

Facial expressions of infants

Baby FaceReader™ can help analyze expressive behavior occurring during parent-child interactions. The infant facial expressions can be measured unobtrusively and give insight into the positive or negative valence of the infant. 

Baby FaceReader is the first and only software tool that offers these possibilities! Try it out for yourself.


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Parent-child interaction

Interaction between children and their parents is a classical study object in developmental psychology, pediatrics, and child psychiatry. This white paper will show you how to: 

  • facilitate the study of parent-child interaction
  • set up your experiment
  • design your coding scheme
  • analyze your data

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Parent-child interaction studies

Observing interactions at CIC

(Courtesy: Kiley Hamlin)


Parent-child interaction therapy

A Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) program helps improve family dynamics by working to reduce negative behavior and interactions, and to practice new behaviors and ways of communicating that are more encouraging and reassuring. 

When practiced consistently, these new skills and techniques can instill more confidence, reduce anger and aggression, and encourage better individual and interactive behavior in both parent and child.

Encouraging positive behavior

Free product overview

Superior behavior recording and analysis is possible in an AV lab. Facilitating parent-child interaction research, developmental psychology studies, or infant behavior studies. Read more about our powerful software tools, fully integrated labs, and expert consultancy in the product overview.

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Interesting publications

A diverse collection of scientific articles citing Noldus products are published in renowned journals. The following list is only a small selection of scientific publications.

  • Potharst, E.S., et al. (2021). Does Mothers’ Self-Reported Mindful Parenting Relate to the Observed Quality of Parenting Behavior and Mother-Child Interaction? Mindfulness, 12, 344-356.
  • Scudder, A., et al. (2019). Parent–child interaction therapy (PCIT) in young children with autism spectrum disorder. Child & Family Behavior Therapy, 41 (4), 201-220,
  • Van keer, I., et al. (2019). Parent-child interaction: A micro-level sequential approach in children with a significant cognitive and motor developmental delay. Research in Developmental Disabilities, 85, 172-186.

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