Mélou Jansen

About Mélou Jansen

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Mélou Jansen was born in Bemmel, did a BA in educational science at the HAN, and received her MA-degree in Behavioral Science at the Radboud University. Besides her research activities she is currently working as a teacher in different courses within the curriculum of the Bachelor Behavioural Science. She’s coordinating a practicum Basic Clinical Skills and participating in several other diagnostical courses and lectures. She is also working as a therapist at the Ambulatorium KJ&J from the Radboud University. Last but not least she is trying to cope with the difficulties a mother of two kids has in daily live.

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Biography and Research Interests

My Project:
Effectiveness of a cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) manualized program for clinically anxious children: a randomized controlled trial.

Our Team:
Postdoctoral fellow – Mélou Jansen, MSc
Postdoctoral fellow – Marleen van Doorn, MSc
Project leader – prof. dr. I.Granic
Project member – dr. Anna Lichtwark-Aschoff
Project member – Rowella Kuijpers, MSc

The main aim of this project is to conduct a Randomized Controlled Trail (RCT) to evaluate the effectiveness of a cognitive behavioural therapy manualized program called ‘Denken+ Doen = Durven’ (DDD). This will be tested among 110 clinically anxious children (8-12 years old) referred to one of three mental health care agencies, randomly assigned to the experimental (N = 55, DDD) or to the control condition (N = 55, treatment as usual). Mother and child in both the experimental and control condition will be surveyed at baseline, post treatment and after 6 and 12 months (follow-up). The second aim is to analyze whether there are secondary positive outcomes beside recovery of anxiety. Secondary outcomes (e.g. depression, aggression) will be assessed through parent and teacher reports. The third aim is to analyze the potential mediating influence of alliance and parenting on positive treatment outcomes. More specifically, we expect that a) children in the experimental condition will have significantly less anxiety symptoms after treatment and at the follow-up measurements than children who received treatment as usual, b) children who recover from an anxiety disorder will also show a significant reduction in secondary problem behavior (e.g. depression, aggression), c) children who form a strong alliance with their therapist will have less anxiety symptoms than children who form a less strong alliance, and d) parent-child dyads for those children who improve through therapy will show less parental control and rejection after treatment than at the start of treatment.

Recent publications:
Jansen, M., Doorn, M.E.M. van, Lichtwarck-Aschoff, A., Kuijpers, R.C.W.M., Theunissen, H.L.A., Korte, M., Rossum, J. van, Wauben, A. & Granic, I. (2012). Effectiveness of a cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) manualized program for clinically anxious children: study protocol of a randomized controlled trial. BMC Psychiatry, 12, art.-16.