Clinical Child and Family Studies

Self-regulation in Context

Program coordinator: Dr. Maartje Luijk

In the research program of Clinical Child and Family Studies [Ortho- en Gezinspedagogiek], self-regulation in context, we study adaptive and maladaptive self-regulation from pregnancy to emerging adulthood. Self-regulation includes the capacity for regulating one's emotions, the ability to adaptively interact with others, and the capacity for inhibiting behavior that damages the wellbeing of the self or others. As it encompasses so many crucial competencies, acquiring self-regulation is one of the key challenges in human development, at the core of physical, mental, and socio-emotional wellbeing; not only in childhood but across the lifespan. It is a key factor that determines resilience to adverse environmental circumstances, and provides a promising avenue for interventions.

In order to create a scientifically sound basis for advice and support, we make use of large cohort studies (the Flemish Study on Parenting, Personality and Development (FSPPD), the Generation R and Generation R Next Studies). Next to that we use in-depth studies to study behavior and interaction. Next to our observational studies, our work on evidence-based (preventive) interventions supports parents, caregivers and children, and provides practitioners with tools to optimize their clinical work. 


Ildeniz ArslanDonna de Maat
Dr. Daphne van de BongardtDr. Fabienne Naber
Dr. Marike DeutzDr. Marloes Nederhand
Eline DoelmanProf. Dr. Peter Prinzie
Willemijn van EldikNovika Purnama Sari
Dr. Amaranta de HaanDr. Ank Ringoot
Prof. Dr. Annemiek HarderDr. Jacqueline Schenk
Dr. Frank van der HorstDr. Winneke van der Schuur
Prof. Dr. Rien van IJzendoornProf. Dr. Majone Steketee
Dr. Rianne KokDr. Marije Stoltenborgh
Dr. Nicole LucassenDr. Sandra Thijssen
Dr. Maartje LuijkDr. Wendy Tieman
Milou Lunnemann 


Marlieke van SwietenRian Zijderveld


Pedagogical Sciences