Evaluation of Two Early Prevention Programmes in Kindergartens with High-risk Children – EVA

Prof. Tamara Fischmann (IPU/SFI)
in cooperation with Marianne Leuzinger-Bohleber (SFI/IDeA)
Total Funding Amount from IDeA: €27.654 million

2008–2016 conduction; 2017-2020 data evaluation & publication (completed)


Short Project Description

2008 to 2016; 2017-2020 (Data Evaluation & Publications)
"Evaluation of Two Early Prevention Programmes in Kindergartens with High-risk Children – EVA". Sub-project of the IDeA Research Centre. Funded by the LOEWE Centre of Excellence.

The EVA project deals with the evaluation of two early prevention programmes in kindergartens. As many studies from the fields of empirical infant research, attachment research and psychoanalysis verify, supportive emotional relationship experiences in the first years of life are the best precondition for a successful psychic, cognitive and psychosocial development, including the acquisition of language. A diverse range of prevention programmes do utilise these empirical findings and strive to have early intervention and support for children already at kindergarten age. However, unfortunately these programmes do not reach all families, as for instance families with a migration background frequently do not learn about these options.

With this background in mind, the EVA project is assessing the differential effectiveness of two proven prevention programmes – FISTLESS and EARLY STEPS. The two prevention projects are each being conducted in seven selected kindergartens, which expressed an interest in conducting these projects. The aim of the project is to assess whether the additional work and outlays in Prevention Option 1 "EARLY STEPS" are worthwhile both over the short and the long-term compared to the standardised Prevention Option 2 "FISTLESS", and what are the benefits and disadvantages of both prevention programmes. A replication of the EVA study has been conducted since September 2011.

Selected Publications

  • Hartmann, L. K. (2015). Mentalisierungsförderung als professionalisierter Erkenntnisprozess: Eine empirische Studie zur psychoanalytischen Fallsupervision bei Frühpädagogischem Fachpersonal.Kassel: Kassel University Press.
  • Leuzinger-Bohleber, M., Fischmann, T., Läzer, K. L., Pfenning-Meerkötter, N., Wolff, A., & Green, J. (2011). Frühprävention psychosozialer Störungen bei Kindern mit belasteten Kindheiten. Psyche, 65, 989–1022.
  • Leuzinger-Bohleber, M., Fischmann, T., Neubert, V., Hartmann, L., Läzer, K. L., Pfenning-Meerkötter, N., … Ackermann, P. (2014). Project Eva: Evaluation of two prevention programs with high-risk children in Kindergarten. Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association, 62, 29–31. doi:10.1177/0003065114539553
  • Leuzinger-Bohleber, M., Läzer, K. L., & Pfenning-Meerkötter, N. (2011). Frühprävention - Gesellschaftliche Notwendigkeit und Chance: Erste Ergebnisse des "EVA"-Projekts belegen positive Effekte zweier Präventionsprogramme - Enge Kooperation mit Frankfurter Kindertagesstätten. Forschung Frankfurt, 29, 26–31.
  • Laezer, K.L., Leuzinger-Bohleber, M., Rüger, B., Fischmann, T. (2013): Evaluation of two prevention programs „Early Steps“ and „Faustlos“ in day-care centers with children at risk: study protocol of a cluster randomized controlled trial. Trials, 14:268 doi:10.1186/1745-6215-14-268.
  • Leuzinger-Bohleber, M., Laezer, K.L., Neubert, V., Pfenning-Meerkötter, N., Fischmann, T. (2013): „Aufsuchende Psychoanalyse“ in der Frühprävention – klinische und extraklinisch-empirische Studien. Frühe Bildung, Vol.2 Nbr.2, 72-83, doi: 10.1026/2191-9186/a000087.
  • Fischmann, T. (2017). Migration, Flucht, Trauma – Erkenntnisse aus psychoanalytischen Frühpräventionsprojekten. In: M. Leuzinger-Bohleber, U. Bahrke, T. Fischmann, S. Arnold, S. Hau (Hg.). Flucht, Migration und Trauma: Die Folgen für die nächste Generation. Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 235-258
  • Fischmann, T., Asseburg, L. K., Green, J., Hug, F., Neubert, V., Wan, M.W., & Leuzinger-Bohleber, M. (2020). Can Psychodynamically-oriented early prevention for “Children-at-Risk” in Urban Areas with High Social Problem Density strengthen their developmental potential? A cluster randomized trial of two Kindergarten-based prevention programs. Frontiers in Psychology (section Psychology for Clinical Settings), December 2020, Vol. 11, 553-17. DOI: 10.3389/fpsyg.2020.599477