MuKi – Investigation of emotional expectation and evaluation processes in children aged 9-11 years

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.


Who we examine:

– Children who are currently in a child & youth welfare service measure of the Youth Welfare Office.

– Children who have non-linear life stories.

What we offer:

– If necessary, rapid mediation in psychotherapeutic treatment.

– Payment of 20€ for each participating child / family