Bridging contexts. The interplay between family, child, and peers in explaining problem behavior in early adolescence
09 / 2004 - 03 / 2010
Nederlandse Organisatie voor Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek (NWO)
The aim of this project is to investigate and explain the influence of family relations and family ties on problem behavior (internalizing problems, externalizing problem behavior and weak school performance) of adolescents and emerging adults. It is explicitly concerned with the way all three problem behaviors affect each other. To outline the mechanisms behind the mutual influences of the three behavioral problems we look primarily at what we take to be the most important context for the possible link between the three kinds of problem behavior: the family. Questions concerning the mutual influences of problem behaviors within a family context have rarely been studied because it necessitates special datasets that compromise information on child characteristics, family characteristics and different areas of problem behaviors. Due to TRAILS (TRacking Adolescents' Individual Lives Survey, age range 10-16), it has become possible to find answers to these questions. TRAILS is a large-scale, multi-informant, multidisciplinary, longitudinal cohort study.