Forensic Child and Youth Care
Research programme Child Development
prof. dr. G.J.J.M. (Geert-Jan) Stams
G.J.J.M.Stams@uva.nl | T: 0205251310Go to detailpage
The research group examines serious problems in children, adolescents, and young adults and families that warrant immediate or future judicial intervention enforced by civil, administrative or criminal courts.
The question of whether and, if so, under what circumstances the state should intervene in families and other educationally relevant contexts, confronts Forensic Child and Youth Care Sciences with major ethical, societal, and judicial issues. Therefore, Forensic Child and Youth Care Sciences are also rooted in legal science, sociology, criminology and developmental and clinical psychology.
The main aims of the research group are:
- To examine the prevalence, incidence and aetiology of serious behaviour problems, such as juvenile delinquency, in children, adolescents and young adults;
- To evaluate judicial interventions targeting serious problems in children, adolescents, young adults and families (including child abuse and neglect);
- To improve methods for collecting and evaluating data in the field of Forensic Child and Youth Care Sciences.