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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.

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Education/Academic qualification

Sociology, PhD, University of Groningen

1 Sep 20075 Mar 2012

Award Date: 5 Mar 2012

Psychology, Master’s Degree, Utrecht University

1 Sep 200525 May 2007

Award Date: 25 May 2007

Psychology, Bachelor’s Degree, Mount Holyoke College

1 Sep 200125 May 2005

Award Date: 25 Sep 2005


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


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