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Soutenir la Transition et l'Engagement dans la Parentalité
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Project STEP description

The STEP team designs, offers and evaluates a support program aimed at adults expecting a child and who have experienced adverse events in childhood.



What is trauma?

Trauma can be a specific event or a more general context that threatens a person’s life or security. Trauma affects the development of a feeling of physical or affective security.



Scientific objectives
We wish to better understand the mechanisms supporting adaptation to parenthood in adults who are expecting a child and have experienced adverse events during their childhood.


Our research projects:

The STEP team is presently conducting several research projects.

It is possible to participate in some of them online.


Project STEP

Project STEP (Supporting the Transition and Engagement in Parenthood) aims at a better understanding of parenthood after having been exposed to significant stress-factors during childhood (e.g., family conflicts, mental health problems in the family, violence, abuse, neglect, substance abuse). The STEP team designs, offers and evaluates a support program aimed at adults expecting a child and who have experienced adverse events in childhood.

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The Centre d’études interdisciplinaires sur le développement de l’enfant et la famille (CEIDEF; Center for Interdisciplinary Studies on Child Development and the Family), part of the University of Quebec in Trois-Rivières, is dedicated to establishing close links between theory, research and practice in the field of family and child development.