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Parental Mental Health Disorders and Child Development: Emotion Regulation in Parents and Children as a Two-Generation Treatment Target

Maureen Zalewski, PhD
Associate Professor • Department of Psychology • University of Oregon


Learning objectives:
Upon completion of this activity, participants will be able to:

  • Know the rates of the intergenerational transmission of mental health disorders from parents to children and list the four commonly identified pathways of transmission
  • Identify psychotherapy treatments that improve outcomes in parent mental health, child mental health, and parenting quality
  • Understand how emotion dysregulation is a transdiagnostic feature of many mental disorders and also a key developmental task during early childhood
  • Understand the theoretical, practical, and research base between doing dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) skills with parents versus doing DBT combined with parenting interventions; further, be able to identify concrete examples of how DBT skills for parents may be able to enhance parenting quality and improve child emotion regulation 


Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Grand Rounds presentations are for educational purposes and intended only for behavioral/mental health professionals and clinical providers.

Continuing education (CE) credit is available for physicians, psychologists, nurses, and therapists who participate in this activity.

Event Details

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