Ongoing Projects

Civic Socialization (since 2017):

At the intersection of the projects 'parenting origins of prejudice'  and 'gendered pathways of parenting and education', my team and I are working on the theoretical and methdological integration of concepts of gender and racial socialization into a model describing socialization processes related to general civic child development. How do children learn about their current and future roles in society? How do children develop notions about group belonging and separation? How does socialization shape their general trust in others, institutions, and society? 


The Parenting Origins of Prejudice (since 2017):

With my recently obtained NWO Vici Grant, my team and I investigate how socialization processes within the family shape the ways in which children think about their own ethnic identity, those of others, and interethnic relations. The study includes ethnically Dutch families, Surinamese families, and Turkish families living in the Netherlands.


Gendered Pathways in  Parenting and Education (since 2017):

With my recently obtained ERC Consolidator Grant, my team and I examine family and school factors that predict gendered educational pathways, i.e., boys choosing science subects and girls choosing alpha/gamma profiles. The family study has an accellerated longitudinal observational design, and the school study an RCT design with a teacher intervention aimed at reducing gendered classroom interactions.


Parenting and Child Development in Slums in Yemen and Indonesia (since 2015):

This study aims to uncover predictors of variations in parenting quality of mothers in Yemen and Indonesia who reside in slums, looking at cultural factors, maternal history of abuse, current social relations, and parenting in relation to child developmental outcomes.


Tomboys and Pansies: Fathers' and Mothers' Gender Messages from a Cross-Cultural Perspective (since 2015):

The aim of this study is co contribute to a culturally-informed understanding of the link between the messages that children receive from their fathers and mothers regarding gender (non)conformity and children's own gender norms.


The What and How of Weaning  (since 2015):

This study tests the effectiveness of interventions aimed at increasing young children's vegetable intake from the time they are being weaned, using a randomized control design, comparing (a) an intervention aimed at the 'what' of weaning, focused on food intake recommendations; to (b) an intervention aimed at the 'how' of weaning, focused on increasing sensitive and supportive feeding practices in parents; to (c) an intervention aimed at both the whata nd the how of weaning; to (d) a control condition. 


Sensitive Parenting in Cultural Context (since 2014):

A multi-faceted collaborative project with researchers who study different aspects of young children’s development in non-Western urban and rural samples, and focused on analyzing observational data of caregiver-child interactions to uncover different culture-specific manifestations of sensitive parenting. Countries include Peru, Kenya, Brazil, Iran, South Africa, Yemen, and Indonesia.


Risky Beginnings (since 2014):

This study examines trajectories from maternal and paternal characteristics from before the birth of a child to the quality of parent-child interactions in early life in relation to child cognitive development in toddlerhood. The study is funded by an NWO-ORA grant and is carried out as a collaborative project with New York University (PI Clancy Blair) and Cambridge University (PI Claire Hughes). The study currently includes families in the UK, the US, the Netherlands, China, and Turkey.


Hostile Attributions and Risk for Harsh Parenting (since 2012):

A study on predictors of mothers’ and fathers’ hostile attribution and their relation with harsh parenting practices in a socioeconomically diverse sample. This study also focuses on triadic interactions in which mothers and fathers interact with the child at the same time.


Risk and Resilience shaping Parenting in Homeless and Slum-Dwelling Mothers in Egypt (since 2012):

This study aims to uncover predictors of variations in parenting quality of Egyptian mothers living on the streets or in slums, looking at maternal history of abuse, current relations, and executive functioning.


Maternal Beliefs about Sensitivity and Maltreatment across the Globe (since 2011):

In this project we collaborate with research teams from many countries across the globe to investigate differences and similarities in mothers’ beliefs about sensitive parenting and maltreatment in early childhood. Participating countries include, among others, Chile, China, Israel, Turkey, USA, and Zambia.