Willem Leemreis

PhD student

Willem Herman Leemreis, MSc.
PhD student

Tel:   +31 (0) 10 7040209
Email address: w.leemreis@erasmusmc.nl

Erasmus MC-Sophia
Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry/Psychology
Wytemaweg 8 - KP2, 3015 CN Rotterdam 
PO Box 2060 - KP2, 3000 CB Roterdam

 
‘Research on psychosocial impact on parents of children with facial disfigurement (hemangioma/cleft lip and palate).’

Adaptation of parents regarding their child with (visible) deficits varies a lot (see Beresford, 1994). Surprisingly, no research has investigated which factors account for this variability. Nevertheless, the differences in (perceived) parental stress implicate that interventions may be useful to reduce parental stress. Better adjustment of family members has shown to influence the children’s adaptation to chronic physical disorders (Wallander & Varni, 1998). Furthermore, higher levels of parental stress during infancy of a child with craniofacial anomalies (including clefts), have been found to be related to more psychosocial problems (e.g. more externalizing problems, more internalizing problems) in the child (Pope et al., 2004), while less parental stress has been found to be related to better social skills of the child (Endriga & Kapp-Simon, 1999; Krueckeberg & Kapp-Simon, 1993). Understanding the specific nature and determinants of adaptation problems as well as the way parents cope with problems is highly relevant for the development of family interventions and strategies for prevention, education and support.  

Collaborations: 
- Department of Paediatrics, ErasmusMC-Sophia

Research Interests: 
- Adaptation problems in parents of children with visible deficits.
- Cognitive and behavioural coping strategies, social support, personal growth, partner bonding/partner control.  
- Effectiveness of psychological interventions for parents regarding their child with a visible deficit.

Publications:
- Muris, P., Rassin, E., Franken, I. & Leemreis, W. (2007). Further evidence for the psychometric properties of the  Behavioural Inhibition Scale in young adults. Journal of Individual Differences, 28 (4), 219–226
- Muris, P., Huijding, H., Mayer, B., Leemreis, W., Passchier, S., & Bouwmeester, S. The effects of verbal disgust- and threat- related information about novel animals on disgust and fear beliefs and avoidance in children. Journal of Clinical Child  and Adolescent Psychology, 38 (4), 551-563.