Emotional security, abuse and mental health

Many children are confronted with aggression and violence. As a direct victim of bullying at school or abuse at home. But also as a witness of violent conflict between parents. These experiences may have a traumatic impact as well as affect children’s sense of emotional security. Goals for the program are:
(1) to provide epidemiological insight into effects of domestic violence;
(2) to broaden the scope of research and practice regarding abuse and domestic violence from a sole focus on psychotrauma to include the perspective of emotional security;
(3) to validate instruments for emotional security;
(4) to contribute to evidence based interventions and diagnostic criteria in the field of youth care, child protection, and (special) education.