Current projects

KiD 0-3 

Kinder in Deutschland 2022/Children aged 0-3 in Germany

Nationwide representative study after the Corona pandemic. Data will be collected on the stresses and resources of families with children up to three years of age and the use of support services.

The research project aims to determine how children and families in Germany are doing after far-reaching contact-restricting measures have been taken repeatedly since the spring of 2020, which also greatly changed the everyday lives of families. In the online survey, which was launched in March 2022, it was possible to include questions about the experience of the situation due to the war in Ukraine at short notice.

In 2022, the NZFH will again collect data on psychosocial stress among families with 0- to 3-year-old children in Germany and on their knowledge and use of universally accessible support services as well as specific early help services, analogous to the KiD 0-3 study from 2015. For the study, the NZFH cooperates with pediatricians' and adolescents' practices to recruit parents to participate in the study. In addition to the information provided by the parents, a pediatric assessment of the child's health status and developmental stage is obtained.

The results are used to identify children and parents who are particularly affected, to make their need for help visible, and to further develop both early help and pediatric care and adapt them even better to the needs of families.

The study is funded by the German Federal Ministry for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth as part of the Federal Foundation for Early Help from the German government's action program "Catching up with Corona for children and adolescents".


ECoWeB Project

Emotional Competence and Well-being in the young

The ECoWeB Project aims to develop and disseminate a mobile application (App) to provide engaging and personalized tools and psychological skills to promote emotional wellbeing and prevent mental health problems in adolescents and young adults.

The project team involves 8 European nations (the UK, Germany, Belgium, Spain, Greece, the Czech Republic, Denmark, and Switzerland) working together in order to improve mental health care and access for youth:

  • To use technology as a tool to assess and promote emotional wellbeing.
  • To deliver empirically supported psychological interventions through a mobile application to address the needs of youth.
  • To improve mental health care access and prevent mental health problems in the youth.

MyMoodCoachApp – Our App

ECoWeB aims to:

  • Better understand young people’s emotions and emotional skills by tracking emotions on a mobile app and through web assessments over 1 year.
  • Promote well-being and prevent poor mental health by providing tools and exercises to practice within the mobile app.
  • It is open to young people aged 16-22 living in UK, Germany, Spain and Belgium, who DO NOT have current or past psychiatric disorders or active suicidality.



The role of parenting stress on parental and child well-being.

 A Real-Time Assessment Approach via Ecological Momentary Assessments (EMA).

The project "The Role of Parenting Stress for Parental and Child Well-Being" is part of the Division 4 "Early Intervention" of the Department "Family and Family Policy" at the German Youth Institute (DJI).

The aim of the research project is to pilot an investigation of 1. the experienced daily parenting stress in real time by means of an Ecological Momentary Assessment (EMA) and 2. the role of parenting stress for children's well-being. Furthermore, 3. the role of subjectively experienced parenting stress on parent-child interactions will be investigated. For this purpose, parents with minor children, ideally with children aged 0-3 years, will be interviewed in a mixed-methods design, both qualitatively and quantitatively.

In addition to testing the instruments and the feasibility of the study design, the results will provide initial indications of how early intervention services can be adapted to meet the needs of parents experiencing high levels of stress in their parenting roles.


In autumn, we will extend the project at the University of Tübingen!


Prevention of unhealthy weight gain in pre and postpartum families using an mHealth-enhanced intervention.

The transition to parenthood is accompanied by a host of biological, behavioral, social, as well as psychological changes (Saxbe/Rossin-Slater/Goldenberg 2018). During the perinatal period, the risk for sleep disturbances, increased psychosocial stress, mental illness, and changes in physical health, including unhealthy weight gain, increases (Endres et al. 2015). These factors can negatively affect parent-child interaction, which in turn is instrumental in shaping the child's later health (Olson/Bates/Bayles 1990).

With this in mind, it can be summarized that the perinatal period (from pregnancy to one year after birth) is a critical life stage for parent and child health. Digital approaches, such as apps or digital consultation hours, which have also gained importance in prevention research in recent years, are a way of offering families low-threshold support that is available at all times.


trial registration completed,  coming soon:


Evaluation of the "Mental Health Guide" 

What would I have like to have known, before I developed a mental disorder? 

What were the most helpful parts for me in psychotherapy?

Following those key questions, the Mental Health Crowd did an amazing work in developing the Mental Health Guide, aiming to promote mental well-being. However, yet is not evaluated regarding acceptability, mental health literacy and mental well-being.

In this prospective study, we aim to include N=150 students and young people aged 15 to 35 years in a randomised controlled trial (pre-post-assessment, 6 MFU).


In cooperation with Prof. Dr. Caterina Gawrilow (department of psychology, Eberhard Karls- University of Tübingen) and Dominique de Marné and Lasse Münstermann (Mental Health Crowd).

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