Child rearing

How can parents and teachers help children to find their place within society and become the persons they want to be? Broadly speaking, parents and teachers provide control and protection, guidance of children’s learning, entry within peer groups, and create a nurturing family and school climate. This program views socialization and child rearing through the lens of basic human needs, such as for autonomy, competence, and relatedness. One line of work under this theme focuses on parenting, attachment, and self-determination in family settings. Another focuses on teacher-child relationships and peer interactions.

Contact: Carlo Schuengel (; Pol van Lier (

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