Grant awarded for study into intervention to support teachers in dealing with young children with behavioral problems!

Mathilde Overbeek, researcher at the department of Child and Family Studies at the Vrije Universiteit and senior researcher at Yulius Mental Health, has been awarded a NRO grant, together with a consortium of professionals from science and practice.

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The consortium is a collaboration between the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Yulius, Leiden University and various schools for primary education, and receives € 400.000,- to adapt an existing intervention (VIPP-SD) to support teachers in dealing with young children (aged 4-8) with serious behavioral problems. Marian Bakermans-Kranenburg, Carlo Schuengel, Agnes Willemen and Kim Starreveld are also involved in this project within the department.

A short overview of the project: VIPP-School

Teachers, in regular and special education, often experience problems in dealing with children who show externalizing behavioral problems. An intervention for teachers focused on noticing children’s signals and responding adequately and promptly to these signals, while at the same time setting clear limits, will improve mutual interaction and the teacher-student relationship, as well as reduce children’s behavioral problems and promote teacher’s feelings of competence. To support teachers in sensitively responding to their students (even) better, an existing intervention (VIPP-SD: Video-feedback Intervention to promote Positive Parenting) will be adapted for use within schools (VIPP-School). Next, 120 teachers in primary (special) education will be invited to participate in an RCT into the effectiveness of VIPP-School. The project will be a PhD-trajectory, will start on May 1st 2020 and run for three years.