How do babies develop into healthy young adults?
Our research focuses on child development. In general, parents, siblings, teachers and/or peers of these children are also involved in our studies. Repeating the measurements several times (longitudinal studies) allows us to trace the influence of the child's environment on its development. Among other topics, we investigate whether a child's characteristics early in life shape its future development and whether children that are exposed to risk factors such as premature birth develop in the same way.
Other topics for our research into infants, school-age children, adolescents and young adults include their individual characteristics such as self-control, temperament and personality, the differences between boys and girls, sexual development, and the influence of parents, peers and the media.