Scientific publications

Scientific publications - Baby Lab

Preterm birth

Suttora, C., Spinelli, M., Aureli, T., Fasolo, M., Lionetti, F., Picciolini, O., … & Salerni, N. (2020). Mind-Mindedness and Parenting Stress: A Cross-Sectional Study in a Cohort of Mothers of 3-Month-Old Full-Term and Preterm Infants. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 17(21), 7735.

Costantini, A., Coppola, G., Fasolo, M., & Cassibba, R. (2017). Preterm birth enhances the contribution of mothers’ mind-mindedness to infants’ expressive language development: A longitudinal investigation. Infant Behavior and Development, 49, 322-329.

Spinelli, M., Frigerio, A., Montali, L., Fasolo, M., Spada, M. S., & Mangili, G. (2016). ‘I still have difficulties feeling like a mother’: The transition to motherhood of preterm infants mothers. Psychology & Health, 31(2), 184-204.

Suttora, C., Spinelli, M., & Monzani, D. (2014). From prematurity to parenting stress: The mediating role of perinatal post-traumatic stress disorder. European Journal of Developmental Psychology, 11(4), 478-493.

Spinelli, M., Poehlmann, J., & Bolt, D. (2013). Predictors of parenting stress trajectories in premature infant–mother dyads. Journal of Family Psychology, 27(6), 873.

The parent-child relationship

Lionetti, F., Fasolo, M., & Dellagiulia, A. (2021). On the role of moderators on children’s sleep health in response to COVID-19. Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine, 17(2), 353-354.

Marci, T., Moscardino, U., Santona, A., Lionetti, F., Pastore, M., & Altoè, G. (2021). Development and Psychometric Properties of a New Self-Report Questionnaire Measuring Attachment in School-Age Children: The Attachment in Middle Childhood Questionnaire (AMCQ). Assessment, 28(2), 647-667.

Spinelli, M., Aureli, T., Coppola, G., Ponzetti, S., Lionetti, F., Scialpi, V., & Fasolo, M. (2020). Verbal-prosodic association when narrating early caregiving experiences during the adult attachment interview: differences between secure and dismissing individuals. Attachment & Human Development, 1-22.

Spinelli, M., Lionetti, F., Setti, A., & Fasolo, M. (2020). Parenting Stress During the COVID‐19 Outbreak: Socioeconomic and Environmental Risk Factors and Implications for Children Emotion Regulation. Family process.

Spinelli, M., Lionetti, F., Pastore, M., & Fasolo, M. (2020). Parents’ stress and children’s psychological problems in families facing the COVID-19 outbreak in Italy. Frontiers in Psychology, 11, 1713.

Dellagiulia, A., Lionetti, F., Fasolo, M., Verderame, C., Sperati, A., & Alessandri, G. (2020). Early impact of COVID-19 lockdown on children’s sleep: a 4-week longitudinal study. Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine, 16(9), 1639-1640.

Duschinsky, R., Van Ijzendoorn, M., Foster, S., Reijman, S., & Lionetti, F. (2020). Attachment histories and futures: reply to Vicedo’s ‘Putting attachment in its place’. European Journal of Developmental Psychology, 17(1), 138-146.

Marci, T., Moscardino, U., Lionetti, F., Santona, A., & Altoé, G. (2020). Using Harter and Likert Response Formats in Middle Childhood: A Comparison of Attachment Measures. Assessment, 27(8), 1821-1835

Spinelli, M., Fasolo, M., Coppola, G., & Aureli, T. (2019). It is a matter of how you say it: Verbal content and prosody matching as an index of emotion regulation strategies during the Adult Attachment Interview. International Journal of Psychology, 54(1), 102-107.

Barone, L., Ozturk, Y., & Lionetti, F. (2019). The key role of positive parenting and children’s temperament in post‐institutionalized children’s socio‐emotional adjustment after adoption placement. A RCT study. Social Development, 28(1), 136-151.

Chiesi, F., Dellagiulia, A., Lionetti, F., Bianchi, G., & Primi, C. (2017). Using item response theory to explore the psychometric properties of the Italian version of the Child and Adolescent Mindfulness Measure (CAMM). Mindfulness, 8(2), 351-360.

Lionetti, F., Keijsers, L., Dellagiulia, A., & Pastore, M. (2016). Evidence of factorial validity of parental knowledge, control and solicitation, and adolescent disclosure scales: when the ordered nature of Likert scales matters. Frontiers in Psychology, 7, 941.

Dellagiulia, A., Lionetti, F., Pastore, M., Linnea, K., Hasse, K., & Huizink, A. C. (2019). The Pregnancy Anxiety Questionnaire Revised-2: A contribution to its validation. European Journal of Psychological Assessment, 36(5), 787–795.

Spinelli, M., & Mesman, J. (2018). The regulation of infant negative emotions: The role of maternal sensitivity and infant‐directed speech prosody. Infancy, 23(4), 502-518.

Lionetti, F., Mastrotheodoros, S., & Palladino, B. E. (2018). Experiences in close relationships revised child version (ecr-rc): Psychometric evidence in support of a security factor. European Journal of Developmental Psychology, 15(4), 452-463.

Marci, T., Lionetti, F., Moscardino, U., Pastore, M., Calvo, V., & Altoé, G. (2018). Measuring attachment security via the Security Scale: Latent structure, invariance across mothers and fathers and convergent validity. European Journal of Developmental Psychology, 15(4), 481-492.

Barone, L., Barone, V., Dellagiulia, A., & Lionetti, F. (2018). Testing an attachment-based parenting intervention-VIPP-FC/A in adoptive families with post-institutionalized children: Do maternal sensitivity and genetic markers count?. Frontiers in psychology, 9, 156.

Barone, L., Lionetti, F., & Green, J. (2017). A matter of attachment? How adoptive parents foster post-institutionalized children’s social and emotional adjustment. Attachment & human development, 19(4), 323-339.

Lionetti, F., Palladino, B. E., Moses Passini, C., Casonato, M., Hamzallari, O., Ranta, M., … & Keijsers, L. (2019). The development of parental monitoring during adolescence: A meta-analysis. European Journal of Developmental Psychology, 16(5), 552-580.

Barone, L., Lionetti, F., Dellagiulia, A., Galli, F., Molteni, S., & Balottin, U. (2016). Behavioural problems in children with Headache and maternal stress: Is children’s attachment security a protective factor?. Infant and Child Development, 25(6), 502-515.

Barone, L., Dellagiulia, A., & Lionetti, F. (2016). When the primary caregiver is missing: Investigating proximal and distal variables involved in institutionalised children’s adjustment. Child Abuse Review, 25(6), 454-468.

Lionetti, F., Pastore, M., & Barone, L. (2015). Parenting stress: The roles of attachment states of mind and parenting alliance in the context of adoption. Parenting, 15(2), 75-91.

Lionetti, F., Pastore, M., & Barone, L. (2015). Attachment in institutionalized children: A review and meta-analysis. Child abuse & neglect, 42, 135-145.

Lionetti, F. (2014). What promotes secure attachment in early adoption? The protective roles of infants’ temperament and adoptive parents’ attachment. Attachment & Human Development, 16(6), 573-589.

Barone, L., Bramante, A., Lionetti, F., & Pastore, M. (2014). Mothers who murdered their child: An attachment-based study on filicide. Child Abuse & Neglect, 38(9), 1468-1477.

Barone, L., Lionetti, F., & Dellagiulia, A. (2014). Maternal-fetal attachment and its correlates in a sample of Italian women: a study using the Prenatal Attachment Inventory. Journal of Reproductive and Infant Psychology, 32(3), 230-239.

Crugnola, C. R., Gazzotti, S., Spinelli, M., Ierardi, E., Caprin, C., & Albizzati, A. (2013). Maternal attachment influences mother–infant styles of regulation and play with objects at nine months. Attachment & human development, 15(2), 107-131.

Barone, L., & Lionetti, F. (2012). Attachment and emotional understanding: A study on late‐adopted pre‐schoolers and their parents. Child: care, health and development, 38(5), 690-696.

Barone, L., & Lionetti, F. (2012). Attachment and social competence: A study using MCAST in low-risk Italian preschoolers. Attachment & Human Development, 14(4), 391-403.

Child-directed speech

Falk, S., Fasolo, M., Genovese, G., Romero‐Lauro, L., & Franco, F. (2021). Sing for me, Mama! Infants’ discrimination of novel vowels in song. Infancy. 190(14), 2309 – 2320

Franco, F., Suttora, C., Spinelli, M., Kozar, I., & Fasolo, M. (2021). Singing to infants matters: early singing interactions affect musical preferences and facilitate vocabulary building. Journal of Child Language

Genovese, G., Spinelli, M., Lauro, L. J. R., Aureli, T., Castelletti, G., & Fasolo, M. (2020). Infant-directed speech as a simplified but not simple register: a longitudinal study of lexical and syntactic features. Journal of child language, 47(1), 22-44.

Spinelli, M., Fasolo, M., & Mesman, J. (2017). Does prosody make the difference? A meta-analysis on relations between prosodic aspects of infant-directed speech and infant outcomes. Developmental Review, 44, 1-18.

Suttora, C., Salerni, N., Zanchi, P., Zampini, L., Spinelli, M., & Fasolo, M. (2017). Relationships between structural and acoustic properties of maternal talk and children’s early word recognition. First Language, 37(6), 612-629.

Spinelli, M., Fasolo, M., Tagini, A., Zampini, L., Suttora, C., Zanchi, P., & Salerni, N. (2016). Linguistic and prosodic aspects of child-directed speech: The role of maternal child-rearing experiences. European Journal of Developmental Psychology, 13(2), 183-196.

Zampini, L., Fasolo, M., & D’Odorico, L. (2012). Characteristics of maternal input to children with Down syndrome: A comparison with vocabulary size and chronological age-matched groups. First Language, 32(3), 324-342.

Language and communication development

Spinelli, M., Fasolo, M., Shah, P. E., Genovese, G., & Aureli, T. (2018). The influence of early temperament on language development: the moderating role of maternal input. Frontiers in psychology, 9, 1527.

Aureli, T., Spinelli, M., Fasolo, M., Garito, M. C., Perucchini, P., & D’Odorico, L. (2017). The pointing–vocal coupling progression in the first half of the second year of life. Infancy, 22(6), 801-818.

Zampini, L., Zanchi, P., Suttora, C., Spinelli, M., Fasolo, M., & Salerni, N. (2016). Gesture production in the narratives of preschool children. Gesture, 15(3), 306-320.

Zampini, L., Fasolo, M., Spinelli, M., Zanchi, P., Suttora, C., & Salerni, N. (2016). Prosodic skills in children with Down syndrome and in typically developing children. International journal of language & communication disorders, 51(1), 74-83.

Zanchi, P., Zampini, L., & Fasolo, M. (2019). Oral narrative competence and literacy skills. Early Child Development and Care.

Zanchi, P., Zampini, L., Fasolo, M., & D’Odorico, L. (2016). Syntax and prosody in narratives: A study of preschool children. First Language, 36(2), 124-139.

Zanchi, P., Fasolo, M., Spinelli, M., Zampini, L., Suttora, C., & Salerni, N. (2016). The role of acoustic and contextual features in the recognition of crying causes. Psicologia Clinica dello Sviluppo, 20(1), 103-123.

Fasolo, M., & D’Odorico, L. (2012). Gesture-plus-word combinations, transitional forms, and language development. Gesture, 12(1), 1-15.

D’Odorico, L., Fasolo, M., Cassibba, R., & Costantini, A. (2011). Lexical, morphological, and syntactic characteristics of verbs in the spontaneous production of Italian children. Child Development Research, 2011.

D’Odorico, L., Majorano, M., Fasolo, M., Salerni, N., & Suttora, C. (2011). Characteristics of phonological development as a risk factor for language development in Italian-speaking pre-term children: A longitudinal study. Clinical Linguistics & Phonetics, 25(1), 53-65.

Fasolo, M., D’odorico, L., Costantini, A., & Cassibba, R. (2010). The influence of biological, social, and developmental factors on language acquisition in pre-term born children. International journal of speech-language pathology, 12(6), 461-471.

D’Odorico, L. & Fasolo, M. (2007). Nouns and verbs in the vocabulary acquisition of Italian children. Journal of Child Language, 34(4), 891-907.

Fasolo, M., & D’Odorico, L. (2002). Comunicazione gestuale nei bambini con sviluppo del linguaggio rallentato: una ricerca longitudinale. Psicologia clinica dello sviluppo, 6(1), 119-138.

Environmental Sensitivity

Tillmann, T., Bertrams, A., El Matany, K., & Lionetti, F. (2021). Replication of the existence of three sensitivity groups in a sample of German adolescents. European Journal of Developmental Psychology, 18(1), 131-143.

Weyn, S., Van Leeuwen, K., Pluess, M., Lionetti, F., Goossens, L., Bosmans, G., … & Bijttebier, P. (2021). Improving the Measurement of Environmental Sensitivity in Children and Adolescents: The Highly Sensitive Child Scale–21 Item Version. Assessment, 1073191120983894.

Lionetti, F. (2020). Assessment of sensory processing sensitivity across the lifespan. In The Highly Sensitive Brain (pp. 17-49). Elsevier, Academic Press.

Pluess, M., Lionetti, F., Aron, E. N., & Aron, A. (2020). People Differ in their Sensitivity to the Environment: An Integrated Theory and Empirical Evidence.

Lionetti, F., Aron, E. N., Aron, A., Klein, D. N., & Pluess, M. (2019). Observer-rated environmental sensitivity moderates children’s response to parenting quality in early childhood. Developmental psychology, 55(11), 2389.

Weyn, S., Van Leeuwen, K., Pluess, M., Lionetti, F., Greven, C. U., Goossens, L., … & Bijttebier, P. (2019). Psychometric properties of the Highly Sensitive Child scale across developmental stage, gender, and country. Current Psychology, 1-17.

Greven, C. U., Lionetti, F., Booth, C., Aron, E. N., Fox, E., Schendan, H. E., … & Homberg, J. (2019). Sensory processing sensitivity in the context of environmental sensitivity: A critical review and development of research agenda. Neuroscience & Biobehavioral Reviews, 98, 287-305.

de Villiers, B., Lionetti, F., & Pluess, M. (2018). Vantage sensitivity: a framework for individual differences in response to psychological intervention. Social psychiatry and psychiatric epidemiology, 53(6), 545-554.

Lionetti, F., Aron, A., Aron, E. N., Burns, G. L., Jagiellowicz, J., & Pluess, M. (2018). Dandelions, tulips and orchids: Evidence for the existence of low-sensitive, medium-sensitive and high-sensitive individuals. Translational psychiatry, 8(1), 1-11.

Pluess, M., Assary, E., Lionetti, F., Lester, K. J., Krapohl, E., Aron, E. N., & Aron, A. (2018). Environmental sensitivity in children: Development of the Highly Sensitive Child Scale and identification of sensitivity groups. Developmental psychology, 54(1), 51.


Logrieco, M. G. M., Ciuffreda, G. N., Sinjari, B., Spinelli, M., Rossi, R., D’Addazio, G., … & Fasolo, M. (2020). What Happens at a Dental Surgery When the Patient is a Child with Autism Spectrum Disorder? An Italian Study. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 1-14.

Other topics

Durante, F., Fasolo, M., Mari, S., & Mazzola, A. F. (2014). Children’s attitudes and stereotype content toward thin, average-weight, and overweight peers. SAGE open, 4(2), 2158244014534697.

Pastore, M., Lionetti, F., & Altoè, G. (2017). When one shape does not fit all: A commentary essay on the use of graphs in psychological research. Frontiers in psychology, 8, 1666.


Marchiol, F., Lionetti, F., Luxardi, G. L., Cavallero, C., Roberts, M., & Penolazzi, B. (2020). Cognitive inflexibility and over‐attention to detail: The Italian validation of the DFlex Questionnaire in patients with eating disorders. European Eating Disorders Review, 28(6), 671-686.

Pagliaro, S., Sacchi, S., Pacilli, M. G., Brambilla, M., Lionetti, F., Bettache, K., … & Zubieta, E. (2021). Trust predicts COVID-19 prescribed and discretionary behavioral intentions in 23 countries. Plos one, 16(3), e0248334.