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Research programme Child Development

Research Institute of Child Development and Education

The aim of the Research Program Child Development (RPCD) is to gain knowledge on variations in typical and atypical child development, and on preventive and clinical intervention programs that can be used to effectively support child development

Our main research lines cover both normative and non-normative or atypical developmental trajectories, person-environment and (epi)gene-environment transactions, child maltreatment and juvenile delinquency, the role of family diversity in child and adolescent development, and the effectiveness, effective elements and working mechanisms of pedagogical interventions.

The research goals of RPCD are:

  • to gain knowledge and advance theory on both normative child development and manifestation of mild-to-severe internalizing and externalizing psychopathology, and the concomitant child-rearing and educational problems across different social contexts;
  • to gain knowledge and advance theory on the etiological processes underlying developmental risks for vulnerable infants, children, adolescents, and young adults, by examining transactions between risk and protective factors across social contexts;
  •  to develop, evaluate and improve preventive interventions and orthopedagogical and forensic treatments that target different child upbringing contexts to decrease internalizing and externalizing problems.

The four research groups are: