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mw. dr. M. (Mirjana) Majdandzic

  • Faculteit der Maatschappij- en Gedragswetenschappen
    Programmagroep: Opvoedings- en Ontwikkelingsproblemen (OOP)
  • Bezoekadres
    Nieuwe Achtergracht 127  Amsterdam
    Kamernummer: D9.04
  • Postadres:
    Postbus  15780
    1001 NG  Amsterdam
    T: 0205251440

Dr. Mirjana Majdandžić is assistant professor at the Department of Child Development and Education. She studied Behavioral biology and Bioinformatics at Utrecht University. Her research is focused on the measurement, relations and consequences of temperament (including anxiety) and parenting behavior. She conducted a longitudinal observational study on the relations between temperament, parenting behavior and behavioral problems in families with two children. She is currently involved in a study on the development of social anxiety, where she focuses in particular on the role of fathers' challenging parenting behavior in early anxiety development.  She teaches developmental psychology, behavioral genetics, and temperament & psychopathology at the undergraduate level, and measurement and interrelations of temperament & parenting behavior in the research master.

Research interests: The relations between child temperament and parenting behavior, in particular the role of challenging parenting behavior in the development of child anxiety. Factors of interest regarding these relations include:

  • Observational and questionnaire measurement of temperament and parenting behavior.
  • Child temperament, including child behavioral inhibition and anxiety.
  • Parenting behavior, in particular challenging parenting behavior of fathers.
  • Evolutionary theories on differences in parenting behavior between fathers and mothers.
  • The role of coparenting in (child and parental) anxiety.
  • The role of self-regulation in anxiety.
  • Cross-cultural differences in the relations between temperament and parenting behaviour

A second area of interest is parenting processes and the development of children of single mothers by choice.


  • Aktar, E., Colonnesi, C., de Vente, W., Majdandžić, M., & Bogels, S. M. (2016). How do parents' depression and anxiety, and infants' negative temperament relate to parent–infant face-to-face interactions? Development and Psychopathology, 1-14. DOI: 10.1017/S0954579416000390 [details]
  • Aktar, E., Mandell, D. J., de Vente, W., Majdandžić, M., Raijmakers, M. E. J., & Bögels, S. M. (2016). Infants’ Temperament and Mothers’, and Fathers’ Depression Predict Infants’ Attention to Objects Paired with Emotional Faces. Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, 44(5), 975-990. DOI: 10.1007/s10802-015-0085-9 [details] [PDF]
  • Majdandžić, M., de Vente, W., & Bögels, S. M. (2016). Challenging parenting behavior from infancy to toddlerhood: Etiology, measurement, and differences between fathers and mothers. Infancy, 21(4), 423-452. DOI: 10.1111/infa.12125 [details]
  • Metz, M., Majdandžić , M., & Bögels, S. (2016). Concurrent and predictive associations between infants’ and toddlers’ fearful temperament, coparenting, and parental anxiety disorders. Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology. DOI: 10.1080/15374416.2015.1121823  [details]
  • Möller, E. L., Nikolić, M., Majdandžić, M., & Bögels, S. M. (2016). Associations between maternal and paternal parenting behaviors, anxiety and its precursors in early childhood: A meta-analysis. Clinical Psychology Review, 45, 17-33. DOI: 10.1016/j.cpr.2016.03.002 [details]
  • Lazarus, R. S., Dodd, H. F., Majdandzic, M., de Vente, W., Morris, T., Byrow, Y., ... Hudson, J. L. (2016). The relationship between challenging parenting behaviour and childhood anxiety disorders. Journal of Affective Disorders, 190, 784-791. DOI: 10.1016/j.jad.2015.11.032 [details]


  • Möller, E. L., Majdandžić, M., & Bögels, S. M. (2015). Parental anxiety, parenting behavior, and infant anxiety: differential associations for fathers and mothers. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 24(9), 2626-2637. DOI: 10.1007/s10826-014-0065-7 [details]


  • Aktar, E., Majdandžić, M., de Vente, W., & Bögels, S. M. (2014). Parental social anxiety disorder prospectively predicts toddlers' fear/avoidance in a social referencing paradigm. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 55(1), 77-87. DOI: 10.1111/jcpp.12121 [details]
  • Majdandžić, M., Möller, E. L., de Vente, W., Bögels, S. M., & van den Boom, D. C. (2014). Fathers' challenging parenting behavior prevents social anxiety development in their 4-year-old children: a longitudinal observational study. Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, 42(2), 301-310. DOI: 10.1007/s10802-013-9774-4 [details]
  • Möller, E. L., Majdandžić, M., Craske, M. G., & Bögels, S. M. (2014). Dimensional assessment of anxiety disorders in parents and children for DSM-5. International Journal of Methods in Psychiatric Research, 23(3), 331-344. DOI: 10.1002/mpr.1450 [details]
  • Möller, E. L., Majdandžić, M., & Bögels, S. M. (2014). Fathers' versus mothers' social referencing signals in relation to infant anxiety and avoidance: a visual cliff experiment. Developmental Science, 17(6), 1012-1028. DOI: 10.1111/desc.12194 [details]
  • Möller, E. L., Majdandžić, M., Vriends, N., & Bögels, S. M. (2014). Social referencing and child anxiety: the evolutionary based role of fathers' versus mothers' signals. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 23(7), 1268-1277. DOI: 10.1007/s10826-013-9787-1 [details]
  • de Vente, W., Majdandžić, M., Voncken, M. J., Beidel, D. C., & Bögels, S. M. (2014). The SPAI-18, a brief version of the Social Phobia and Anxiety Inventory: reliability and validity in clinically referred and non-referred samples. Journal of Anxiety Disorders, 28(2), 140-147. DOI: 10.1016/j.janxdis.2013.05.003 [details]


  • Aktar, E., Majdandžić, M., de Vente, W., & Bögels, S. M. (2013). The interplay between expressed parental anxiety and infant behavioural inhibition predicts infant avoidance in a social referencing paradigm. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 54(2), 144-156. DOI: 10.1111/j.1469-7610.2012.02601.x [details]
  • Colonnesi, C., Bögels, S. M., de Vente, W., & Majdandžić, M. (2013). What coy smiles say about positive shyness in early infancy. Infancy, 18(2), 202-220. DOI: 10.1111/j.1532-7078.2012.00117.x [details]
  • Möller, E. L., Majdandžić, M., de Vente, W., & Bögels, S. M. (2013). The evolutionary basis of sex differences in parenting and its relationship with child anxiety in Western societies. Journal of Experimental Psychopathology, 4(2), 88-117. DOI: 10.5127/jep.026912 [details]


  • Majdandžić, M., de Vente, W., Feinberg, M. E., Aktar, E., & Bögels, S. M. (2012). Bidirectional associations between coparenting relations and family member anxiety: a review and conceptual model. Clinical Child and Family Psychology Review, 15(1), 28-42. DOI: 10.1007/s10567-011-0103-6 [details] [PDF]


  • Bögels, S., Stevens, J., & Majdandžić, M. (2011). Parenting and social anxiety: fathers’ versus mothers’ influence on their children’s anxiety in ambiguous social situations. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 52(5), 599-606. DOI: 10.1111/j.1469-7610.2010.02345.x [details]
  • Majdandžić, M., Möller, E., Bögels, S., & van den Boom, D. (2011). Verschillen tussen vaders en moeders in de relatie tussen opvoedingsgedrag en sociale angst van hun kinderen. Pedagogiek, 31(1), 11-28. DOI: URN:NBN:NL:UI:10-1-100836 [details]
  • de Vente, W., Majdandžić, M., Colonnesi, C., & Bögels, S. M. (2011). Intergenerational transmission of social anxiety: the role of paternal and maternal fear of negative child evaluation and parenting behaviour. Journal of Experimental Psychopathology, 2(4), 509-530. DOI: 10.5127/jep.018811 [details]


  • Majdandzic, M., de Vente, W., & Bögels, S. (2010). Rearing histories of individuals with and without social anxiety who become first time parents. Anxiety, Stress and Coping, 23(3), 243-258. DOI: 10.1080/10615801003596951 [details]


  • Majdandzic, M., van den Boom, D. C., & Heesbeen, D. G. M. (2008). Peas in a pod: biases in the measurement of sibling temperament? Developmental Psychology, 44(5), 1354-1368. DOI: 10.1037/a0013064 [details]


  • Majdandžić, M., & van den Boom, D. C. (2007). Multimethod longitudinal assessment of temperament in early childhood. Journal of Personality, 75(1), 121-168. DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-6494.2006.00435.x [details]


  • de Vente, W., Majdandžić, M., & Bögels, S. (2014). The pathophysiology of social anxiety. In J. W. Weeks (Ed.), The Wiley-Blackwell handbook of social anxiety disorder. (pp. 90-110). Chichester, West-Sussex: John Wiley & Sons. [details]


  • Metz, M., Majdandzic, M., & Bögels, S. (2016). Coparenting and child negative affectivity across early childhood: The moderating role of pre-birth marital quality[details]


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