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Research interests

Western countries are seeing an increase in the diversity of family forms, partly driven by partnership instability and high rates of re-partnering. This has resulted in the proliferation of stepfamilies formed not by a parental death, as in earlier generations, but rather, by the voluntary restructuring of intimate unions. This means that the complexity in parent-child ties has increased subtantially for children (who might have a biological divorced mother and father, and a (resident) stepfather and stepmother), as well as, for parents (who could have biological children with an ex-partner, with a current partner, and (resident) stepchildren).

What does all of this mean for intergenerational solidarity (closeness in parent-child ties, exchanges of support), as well as, for individual well-being? Are the repercussions of this complexity gendered? How can we explain the heterogeniety in the impact of complexity on individual well-being? These are some of the questions which I address in my research.

Education/Academic qualification

Sociology, PhD, University of Groningen

1 Sep 20075 Mar 2012

Psychology, Master’s Degree, Utrecht University

1 Sep 200525 May 2007

Psychology, Bachelor’s Degree, Mount Holyoke College

1 Sep 200125 May 2005


  • Family Sociology
  • Intergenerational Solidarity
  • Well-Being
  • Family Complexity
  • Stepfamilies
  • Gender
  • Stepmothers
  • Stepparents
  • Parents

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Research Output

Friendships, perceived popularity, and adolescent romantic relationship debut

Savickaitė, R., Dijkstra, J. K., Kreager, D., Ivanova, K. & Veenstra, R., 2020, In : The Journal of Early Adolescence. 40, 3, p. 377-399

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  • Heterogeneous effects of family complexity in youth on mental health: Testing the “good divorce” and the “good stepparent” hypotheses

    Ivanova, K. & Kalmijn, M., 2020, (Accepted/In press) Parental life courses after separation and divorce in Europe. Kreyenfeld, M. & Trappe, H. (eds.). Springer, 19 p. (Life course research and social policies).

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    Stepparental support to adult children: The diverging roles of stepmothers and stepfathers

    van Houdt, K., Kalmijn, M. & Ivanova, K., 2020, In : Journal of Marriage and the Family. 82, 2, p. 639-656

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    Cementing the stepfamily? Biological and stepparents' relationship satisfaction after the birth of a common child in stepfamilies

    Ivanova, K. & Balbo, N., 2019, In : Journal of Family Issues. 40, 10, p. 1346-1363

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