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Child rearing

How can parents, teachers, and other formal and informal educators help children to find their place within society and become the persons they want to be? Broadly speaking, parents and educators provide control and protection, guidance of children’s learning, entry within peer groups, and create a nurturing family and school climate. This program views socialization, character building, and child rearing through the lens of socioemotional development. One line of work under this theme focuses on parenting, attachment, and self-determination in family settings. Another focuses on teacher-child relationships and peer interactions.

Projects include:

  • Clinical child and family studies

    Child and adult development is embedded in social relations, with parents being present during various developmental windows of opportunity to contribute to the socialization of their children. The ‘challenges to childrearing relationships’ research group studies the ways in which the quality of family relationships and care relationships interacts with cognitive, biological and behavioural development processes, and how this interaction can be improved by external help and support. Neurobiological, neurophysiological, and behavioural models deriving from this work provide the conceptual basis for new or existing interventions and care concepts for youth from at risk backgrounds, people with disability, and their caregivers. This line of work is linked with work embedded in the Amsterdam Public Health research institute.

    Contact: Prof. dr. Carlo Schuengel

  • Generaties 2

    Generaties 2 (project website)

  • Academische werkplaatsen

    Academische werkplaatsen (project website)

  • Vaders in Beeld

    Vaders in Beeld (project website)

  • Clinical Developmental psychology

    Apart from the influence of parents, child and adolescent development is embedded in social relations with peers and teachers. Even before formal schooling, but especially after the transition to kindergarten and elementary school, children spend a significant time of the day in school, with age-matched peers and teachers. The clinical developmental psychology group studies how social relations with teachers and peers affect the biological, social, emotional, cognitive and behavioural development of children and adolescents.

    Contact: Prof. dr. Pol van Lier