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Theo Klimstra


  • Prof. Cobbenhagenlaan 225, Simon Building, room S 311

    5037 DB Tilburg


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Research interests

My research focuses on personality development and identity formation in adolescence and young adulthood. Currently, my research is (partly) funded by a NWO VIDI grant.

I examine identity from various timescales (long- and short-term processes) using different types of data (self-report questionnaires, narratives). One of my main research interests concerns the role of identity processes in emerging personality pathology. In addition, I examine how personality development and identity formation are associated with normative developmental tasks, adjustment in important life domains, and problem behavior symptoms. I employ a rather broad perspective on personality, as I do not only consider traits, but also personality facets, and personality types.

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Research Output 2009 2019

Crying in borderline personality disorder patients

Peter, M., Arntz, A., Klimstra, T. & Vingerhoets, A., 2019, In : Psychiatry Research. 273, p. 100-107

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Moral Development

Distinctiveness as a marker of identity formation

Van Doeselaar, L., Klimstra, T. A., Denissen, J. A. & Meeus, W. H. J., 2019, In : Journal of Research in Personality. 78, p. 153-164

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Young Adult

Emotions and borderline personality disorder

Peter, M., 2019, s.l.: [s.n.]. 179 p.

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Loosening the reins or tightening them? Complex relationships between parenting, effortful control, and adolescent psychopathology

Houtepen, J., Sijtsema, J., Klimstra, T., van der Lem, R. & Bogaerts, S., 2019, In : Child & Youth Care Forum. 48, 1, p. 127-145

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