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Why are some teenagers delinquent? What are the factors related to adolescent depression? Which parenting practices promote adolescent well-being, and future positive development? And does social media affect the young?
With my research, which is partially funded by the Dutch Scientific Organisation (NWO-VIDI) and in collaboration with Savannah Boele, we attempt to answer questions like these, regarding normal and deviant development. We combine large questionnaire studies with micro-questionniares on smart phones (Experience Sampling), and employ advanced statistics to unravel the underlying driving processes of real-life development.
I am one of the directors of the Tilburg Experience Sampling Center. This center facilitates research on the real-time dynamics of mental health and well-being, using smart phones and wearables. Furthermore, in collaboration with psychiatrists and adolescents, we are developing e-health apps to promote the health and well-being of teens.