Completed Projects


 Magellan-Leiden Childcare Study (2014-2018):

The follow-up of a study on the effects of maternal parenting as well as childcare quantity and quality on children’s cognitive and social development in Chilean children from ethnic majority and indigenous origins.


The Role of Parenting in Early Childhood Overvweigh (2013-2017):

In this study, we examined how different aspects of parenting, including general parenting styles and specific feeding attitudes and practices are associated with preschool children's overweight development.


Sensitivity Beliefs and Behaviors in Zambian Mothers and Grandmothers (2012-2015):

A project funded by the Lolle Nauta Foundation examining predictors and outcomes of maternal, grandmaternal, and sibling care in Zambia, conducted by two Zambian PhD students.


Boys Will Be Boys? (2010-2015):

The aim of this project was to shed light on the issue of early childhood gender-differentiated socialization and gender-specific susceptibility to parenting within families in relation to disruptive behavior in boys and girls in the first four years of life. This project is funded by an ERC Starting Grant. 


SIMCUR (2009-2014):

Social Integration of Migrant Children: Uncovering Family and School Factors Promoting Resilience. The aim of the project was to uncover the processes underlying developmental resilience in children from Turkish migrant families during the transitions to primary and secondary education in three European countries: The Netherlands, Norway, and Germany (funded by a NORFACE grant).


Parenting Intervention in Economically Deprived Portuguese Families (2009-2013):

In this study the effectiveness of the Video-feedback Intervention to promote Positive Parenting and Sensitive Discipline (VIPP-SD) was tested in an RCT in Portugal among deprived families.


Parenting Intervention in Turkish Minority Families (2008-2014):

In this study a culture-sensitive adaptation of the Video-feedback Intervention to promote Positive Parenting and Sensitive Discipline (VIPP-SD) has been developed and was tested in an RCT for effectiveness in Turkish families with toddlers at risk for externalizing problems (funded by ZonMw).


Parenting Turkish Toddlers in the Netherlands (2004-2009):

The purpose of this study was to investigate the incidence and development of toddler externalizing behavior problems in Turkish immigrant families, and their association with parenting practices.