Parent–Child Separation during the First Years of Life: Possible Outcomes in Offspring Development and Parents’ Psychological Functioning

A special issue of European Journal of Investigation in Health, Psychology and Education (ISSN 2254-9625).

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Dear Colleague,

We are pleased to announce a call for papers for an upcoming Special Issue focusing on the critical topic of parent–child separation during the first years of life and its potential implications for offspring development and the psychological functioning of parents. This Special Issue aims to explore the multifaceted aspects of parent–child separation, including various forms of separation, such as temporary separations, parental absence, and institutional or foster care arrangements. We invite researchers and scholars to contribute their original research, empirical studies, and theoretical perspectives on this crucial area of inquiry.

Parent–child separation is a significant event that can occur due to various circumstances, including work-related commitments, military service, divorce or separation, immigration, and parental illness, among others. The experiences of separation can have profound effects on both the developing child and the parent, influencing various domains of their psychological well-being and long-term outcomes. This Special Issue aims to elucidate the potential consequences of parent–child separation during the early years of life, exploring its impact on child development, attachment relationships, socio-emotional functioning, and the psychological well-being of parents.

Topics of interest may include, but are not limited to, the following: Theoretical frameworks and conceptual models related to parent–child separation and its effects on child development and parental psychological functioning; longitudinal studies investigating the outcomes of parent–child separation in infancy and early childhood; the role of attachment theory in understanding the impact of separation on parent–child relationships and subsequent child outcomes; cross-cultural perspectives on parent–child separation and its implications for child and parent well-being; intervention programs and support systems to mitigate the potential negative effects of parent–child separation; factors influencing the adjustment of children and parents during and after separation, such as age, duration, and quality of separation experiences; the interplay between parent–child separation, resilience, and protective factors in promoting positive outcomes; examining the effects of parent–child separation on specific domains of child development, including cognitive, social, emotional, and behavioral functioning; exploring the psychological impact of parent–child separation on parents, including stress, anxiety, depression, and coping strategies; and evaluating the effectiveness of interventions thataim to promote healthy parent–child relationships and support both child and parent during and after separation.

Dr. Luca Cerniglia
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  • children
  • parent–child separation
  • offspring development
  • attachment
  • Parents’ Psychological Functioning

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3 pages, 214 KiB  
Parent–Child Separation Always Comes with a Cost
by Luca Cerniglia
Eur. J. Investig. Health Psychol. Educ. 2023, 13(8), 1392-1394; - 28 Jul 2023
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In some situations, due to the risk of contagion, the recent COVID-19 pandemic forced parent–child separation to occur in attempts to slow down the spread of the virus [...] Full article
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