In our studies on parenting and child development, different cultural groups within the Netherlands are included (e.g., Dutch, Turkish, and Surinamese families), as well as different countries across the globe (e.g., China, Japan, Chile, Peru, Kenya, Zambia, Yemen).


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 rural samples, and focused on analyzing observational data of caregiver-child interactions to uncover different culture-specific manifestations of sensitive parenting.

Magellan-Leiden Childcare Study (since 2014):

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.

Sensitivity beliefs and behaviors in Zambian mothers and grandmothers (since 2012):

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.

Risk and resilience shaping parenting in deprived 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.

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 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.