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.

Raising future generations
Raising future generations

The programme Raising Future Generations contributes to fundamental knowledge on the development, socialization and education of children, youth and adults - including professionals in care and education - in order to address urgent societal issues.

Raising Future Generations is an interdisciplinary programme in which researchers of the faculty themes Education and Learning and Child and Adolescent Studies (CAS) closely collaborate. The programme is embedded in the university’s research themes Dynamics of Youth and Institutions for Open Societies and participates in the NWO Gravitation programme Consortium of Individual Development (CID).

Programme leader