Introduction to Early Childhood

Parents are faced with a number of tasks to ensure healthy development in their child in early childhood. Here you will find practical, nursing and medical recommendations for the most important events in the first three years of life, as well as recommendations for specialists. Our authors are pediatricians, developmental educators, nurses, arts therapists and body therapists with extensive practical experience.

Fig. «The granddaughter in the pram» of Max Liebermann. © akg-images

Research news

Art therapy & anxiety: In her doctoral thesis published 2020, Annemarie Abbing investigated the effectiveness of art therapy in the treatment of anxiety. Outcomes of a randomised controlled trial (n=59) showed preliminary evidence of the effectiveness of art therapy: Three months of anthroposophic art therapy led to a significant reduction in the severity of anxiety symptoms in the women compared to waiting list treatment. The therapy also improved quality of life and various aspects of self-regulation. The second part of this PhD research focused on case report methodology and the development of tools for research within this field. The doctoral thesis is available at 
https://scholarlypublications.universiteitleiden.nl/handle/1887/83276.


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