Scientific Impact

A handful of significant scientific findings
with some illustrative publications

There is a persistent lack of replicability in research.

Hubbard, F.O.A., & Van IJzendoorn, M.H. (1987). Maternal unresponsiveness and infant crying: A critical replication of the Bell & Ainsworth study. In L.W.C. Tavecchio & Van IJzendoorn, M.H. (Eds.), Attachment in social networks. Contributions to the Bowlby-Ainsworth attachment theory (pp.339-378). Amsterdam, New York, Oxford, Tokyo: Elsevier Science Publishers (North Holland).

Van IJzendoorn, M.H. (1994). Process model of replication studies: on the relations between different types of replication. In R. van der Veer, Van IJzendoorn, M.H., & J. Valsiner (Eds.), On reconstructing the mind. Replicability in research on human development (pp.57-70). Norwood; NJ.: Ablex.

Rijlaarsdam, J., Pappa, I., Walton, E., Bakermans-Kranenburg, M. J., Mileva-Seitz, V. R., Rippe, R. C. A., Roza, S. J., Jaddoe, V. W. V., Verhulst, F. C., Felix, J. F., Cecil, C. A. M., Relton, C. L., Gaunt, T. R., McArdle, W., Mill, J., Barker, E. D., Tiemeier, H. & van IJzendoorn, M. H. (2016). An epigenome-wide association meta-analysis of prenatal maternal stress in neonates: A model approach for replication. Epigenetics 11(2), 140-9.

Intra-cultural variations in attachment are larger than cross-cultural variations.

Van IJzendoorn, M.H., & Kroonenberg, P.M. (1988). Cross-cultural patterns of attachment. A meta-analysis of the Strange Situation. Child Development, 59, 147-156. doi:10.2307/1130396

Navarrete, M.A., Silva, J., Van IJzendoorn, M.H., & Carcamo, R. A. (2018). Physical and psychosocial development of Mapuche and nonindigenous Chilean toddlers: A modest role of ethnicity. Development and Psychopathology, 30, 1959-1976.

The Berkeley Adult Attachment Interview is valid and uncovers a transmission gap.

Bakermans-Kranenburg, M.J., & Van IJzendoorn, M.H. (1993). A psychometric study of the Adult Attachment Interview: Reliability and discriminant validity. Developmental Psychology, 29, 870-880. doi:10.1037//0012-1649.29.5.870

Verhage, M. L., Schuengel, C., Madigan, S., Fearon, R. M. P., Oosterman, M., Cassibba, R., Bakermans-Kranenburg, M. J. & van IJzendoorn, M. H. (2016). Narrowing the Transmission Gap: A Synthesis of Three Decades of Research on Intergenerational Transmission of Attachment. Psychological Bulletin 142(4), 337-66.

Genetic differential susceptibility is empirically supported.

Bakermans-Kranenburg, M.J. & Van IJzendoorn, M.H. (2006). Gene-environment interaction of the Dopamine D4 receptor (DRD4) and observed maternal insensitivity predicting externalizing behavior in preschoolers. Developmental Psychobiology, 48, 406-409. doi:10.1002/dev.20152

Bakermans-Kranenburg, M.J. & Van IJzendoorn, M.H. (2015).The hidden efficacy of interventions: Gene x Environment experiments from a differential susceptibility perspective. Annual Review of Psychology, 66, 381-409. DOI: 10.1146/annurev-psych-010814-015407

Holocaust trauma persists after 6 decades but is not transmitted to next generations.

Sagi-Schwartz, A, Van IJzendoorn, M.H., Grossmann, K.E., Joels, T. , Grossmann, K., Scharf, M. , Koren-Karie, N., & Alkalay, S. (2003). Child survivors – but not their children –suffer from traumatic Holocaust experiences. American Journal of Psychiatry, 160, 1086-1092.

Van IJzendoorn, M.H., Bakermans-Kranenburg, M.J. & Sagi-Schwartz, A. (2003). Are children of Holocaust survivors less well-adapted? No meta-analytic evidence for secondary traumatization. Journal of Traumatic Stress, 16, 459-469.

Barel, E., Van IJzendoorn, M.H., Sagi-Schwartz, A., & Bakermans-Kranenburg, M.J. (2010). Surviving the Holocaust: A meta-analysis of the long-term sequelae of genocide. Psychological Bulletin, 136, 677-698. doi:10.1037/a0020339

Video-feedback to Promote positive Parenting- Sensitive Discipline (VIPP-SD) enhances parenting and child development

Juffer, F., Bakermans-Kranenburg, M.J. & Van IJzendoorn, M.H. (Eds.) (2008). Promoting positive parenting: An attachment-based intervention. New York/London: Taylor and Francis Group. ISBN 13: 978-0-8058-6352-9.

Juffer, F., Bakermans-Kranenburg, M. J. & van IJzendoorn, M. H. (2017). Pairing attachment theory and social learning theory in video-feedback intervention to promote positive parenting. Current Opinion in Psychology 15, 189-94.

Impact according to citations.

Source: Web of Science with the following term: van ijzendoorn mh : 478 papers, 25,656 citations, H-index=81 (December 30, 2018).

Source: Harzing’s Publish or Perish with the following terms: “marinus van ijzendoorn” OR “mh ijzendoorn”: 66,940 citations, H-index=118 (December 30, 2018)

Highly cited in psychology and psychiatry over the past 10 years.

Listed as Highly Cited Researcher in Psychology/Psychiatry 2018 by Clarivate Analytics)
Listed as Highly Cited Researcher in Psychology/Psychiatry 2017 by Clarivate Analytics (formerly Thomson Reuters)
Listed as Highly Cited Researcher in Psychology/Psychiatry 2016 by Thomson Reuters

“Highly Cited Researchers present more than 3,000 authors in 21 main fields of science and the social sciences. These researchers earned the distinction by writing the greatest numbers of reports officially designated by Essential Science Indicators as Highly Cited Papers—ranking among the top 1% most cited for their subject field and year of publication—between 2004 and 2014.” (Thomson Reuters, 2016)