Research into the development of children and adolescents

We investigate the interaction between individual characteristics of children and young adults and their socio-cultural context. How does this interaction lead to different development paths, from childhood to young adulthood?

from infancy into young adulthood

Influences on development

To understand why and how certain development paths are influenced, we examine facors at the following levels:

  • the individual (neurocognitive, psychophysiological, emotional and behavioural aspects);
  • the immediate social environment (parents, colleagues, close relationships, social networks);
  • the social and cultural environment (socio-economic inequality, ethnic background, cultural lifestyles).

We also develop diagnostic instruments and test interventions for the prevention and treatment of psycho-social problems.

Programme leader
Head of Department