Andrik Becht is a postdoctoral researcher in the SYNC lab (http://erasmus-synclab.nl/) and at the Youth & Family department, Utrecht University. His research is specifically aimed at understanding adolescents' identity development from both a neurobiological and contextual perspective (for instance, examining the role of parents and peers). Andrik also investigates possible consequences of ongoing identity uncertainty in adolescence, to ultimately answer the question why some adolescents thrive whereas others don’t.
Andrik received his master degrees in the research master Development and Socialisation in Childhood and Adolescence (DaSCA, Cum Laude) and the master Orthopedagogics (Cum Laude) at Utrecht University. In his PhD (Cum Laude), Andrik focused on the development of identity dynamics across adolescence and emerging adulthood, using daily identity assessments (see CV for more information).
Research interests: Identity development, adolescence, neural development, (intensive) longitudinal modeling
Onderzoeksinteresses: Identiteitsontwikkeling, adolescentie, neurale ontwikkeling, (intensieve) longitudinale data analyse
A.I. Becht, L.M. Wierenga, K.L. Mills, R. Meuwese, A. van Duijvenvoorde, S.J. Blakemore, B. Güroğlu & E.A.M. Crone (2020). Beyond the average brain: individual differences in social brain development are associated with friendship quality. Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience. doi: 10.1093/scan/nsaa166
A.I. Becht, E.T. Klapwijk, L.M. Wierenga, R. van der Cruijsen, J.P. Spaans, L. van der Aar, S. Peters, S. Branje, E.A.M. Crone & W. Meeus (2020). Longitudinal associations between structural prefrontal cortex and nucleus accumbens development and daily identity formation processes across adolescence. Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience, 46:100880. doi: 10.1016/j.dcn.2020.100880
A.I. Becht, S.A. Nelemans, M.P.A. van Dijk, S.J.T. Branje, P.A.C. van Lier, J.A.A. Denissen & W. Meeus (2017). Clear Self, Better Relationships: Adolescents’ Self-Concept Clarity and Relationship Quality With Parents and Peers Across 5 Years. Child Development, 88, 1823-1833.
A.I. Becht, P. Prinzie, M. Deković, A. Van den Akker & R.L. Shiner (2016). Child Personality Facets and Overreactive Parenting as Predictors of Aggression and Rule-Breaking Trajectories from Childhood to Adolescence. Development and Psychopathology, 28, 399. doi: 10.1017/S0954579415000577