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KindeL – Communication in the First Months of Life

This pilot project aims to bring together two previously unconnected strands of research and counselling practice. Research on mother-infant interactions (little is available on fathers) clearly shows the interdependence of self-regulation and external regulation. This means that both – including the infant! – actively participate in the dialogical regulation of the interaction and the accompanying emotions.

Kinder- und Babyspielzeug vor hellblauer Wand
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Cooperation project
Innovation Fund of the University of Applied Sciences Potsdam

From this research, basic principles of sensitive work for parent-infant counselling were derived. However, in this research, speaking to the infant has so far been considered exclusively under the aspect of rhythmisation. Whether it makes a difference what is said in terms of content is unclear. In contrast, in relationship-oriented counselling work in parent-infant counselling, there are explicit intervention approaches that theoretically justify and describe the conscious (content-related) addressing of infants. How and why there is a particular effectiveness for counselling work here has not yet been empirically clarified.

In order to empirically research the use of language in parent-infant counselling in the long term, a baseline survey with mother and parent-infant pairs and the method of microanalysis is to be laid in this pilot project with students. In the sense of the interplay of self-regulation and regulation by others, it is to be considered whether certain linguistic contents of the parent's self-regulation are conditioned, which are conveyed via the interaction event, in order to integrate this aspect of teaching and research..

Parents with their infants are sought as participants.


Project management


  • Sylvia Anderseck (student assistant)
  • Zoë Boeti (former student assistant)