A Further Validation of the Cognitive Bias Modification Effect on Trust in Middle Childhood

Guy Bosmans*, Martine W.F.T. Verhees, Simon De Winter

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Recent middle childhood research suggests that children's trust in maternal support can be manipulated using Cognitive Bias Modification (CBM) aimed at changing children's interpretation of ambiguous maternal support-related behavior. The current study with 60 children (40 girls, Mage = 10.62, SDage = 1.20) aimed to replicate previous research and to test whether the CBM effect is specific to trust or generalizes to other child evaluations of maternal behavior. More specifically, CBM effects on children's evaluation of parenting behavior were tested. Trust and maternal parenting behaviors were assessed using children's self-report. Results largely replicated previous findings, including the positive effect of CBM on children's trust in maternal support. Suggesting that this effect was specific for trust, the CBM manipulation did not affect children's appraisal of maternal parenting behavior. This finding supports the validity of CBM effects.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1164-1172
Number of pages9
JournalBehavior Therapy
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2019
Externally publishedYes


  • attachment
  • cognitive bias modification
  • middle childhood


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