Research cluster on the Social Development of Young People


Marthe de Roo, Danelien van Aalst, Elsje de Vries, Tessa Kaufman and Gijs Huitsing published in a Dutch magazine Remediaal. The title of the paper is ‘Het belang van de schoolcultuur bij het voorkomen en aanpakken van pesten: verschillen tussen het basis- en voortgezet onderwijs’. PDF

On February 27, Tessa Kaufman succesfully – and with honor – defended her PhD thesis titled ‘Toward tailored interventions: explaining, assessing, and preventing persistent victimization of bullying’. More details.

On Februay 13, Marianne Hooijsma succesfully defended her PhD thesis titled ‘Clashrooms: Interethnic peer relationships in schools’. More details.


Visiting researcher in October: Fleur van Gils
I am Dutch and I have studied an academic teacher program in Utrecht (bachelor educational sciences & bachelor in education to become a teacher in primary school). Afterwards, I studied the research master educational sciences at Utrecht University.
Afterwards, I studied the research master educational sciences at Utrecht University. After my studies, I started working as a PhD student at the KU Leuven (aug 2018). In my project, I am studying the role of teachers in bullying at primary school.
In the coming academic year 2019/2020, I will conduct an intervention study in which we will test a teacher training program aimed at preparing pre-service teachers for effective intervening in their students’ bullying. I will work on this study during my stay in Groningen and I am curious to learn about your experiences in intervention research.

PhD defense Ashwin Rambaran: The Classroom as Context for Bullying: A Social Network Approach. September 23.

WALM Newsletter Summer 2019
Read about three new PhD students Elsje, Sofie and Gabriëlla, publications, attended meetings, guest scientist and more. PDF

PhD defense Chaim La Roi: Stigma and Stress : Attitudes towards Sexual Minority Orientations and the Association between Sexual Orientation and Mental Health.  January 10.



  • ISSBD 2018, July 15-19, Gold Coast, Queensland
    Bullying as a Group Process: Avenues for Future Research
    Organizer: René Veenstra
    Speakers: René Veenstra, Hannes Letsch, Kimberley R. Allison, Jochem Spaans
  • ISSBD 2018, July 16, Gold Coast, Queensland
    The Prevalence of Bullying Victimisation and its Impact on Mental Health Outcomes in Australian School Children
    Organizer: Sally Fitzpatrick
    Speakers: Kay Bussey, Caroline Hunt, Sally Fitzpatrick
    Discussant: René Veenstra


Gerine Lodder and Laura Baams have both received a VENI grant within the framework of NWO’s Innovational Research Incentives Scheme. VENI grants are intended for researchers who have recently gained a PhD and have significant and original talent for innovative research. The grant is up to € 250,000 and offers these young researchers the chance to develop their ideas over the next three years.

Gerine Lodder: The Proximity Project: Loneliness in Adolescence Explained by Social Relations and Social Appraisals

Loneliness in adolescence has detrimental consequences. The Proximity Project will examine what drives the development of loneliness. The focus is on daily contact, friendships, and perceptions of social relations. This will be examined using wearables that measure contact, using smartphone questionnaires, and by analyzing friendship networks.

Laura Baams: Not straight? Sexual orientation disparities in macro and micro-processes of youth victimization and mental health

Lesbian, gay, and bisexual (LGB) youth report poorer mental health (depression, suicidality) and are victimized more often than heterosexual youth. How can this be explained? Using survey- and daily-diary studies, I will research sexual orientation disparities, critical mechanisms, and whether a positive school climate can help improve mental health.