Clinical child and family studies

Child and adult development is embedded in social relations, with parents being present during various developmental windows of opportunity to contribute to the socialization of their children. The ‘challenges to childrearing relationships’ research group studies the ways in which the quality of family relationships and care relationships interacts with cognitive, biological and behavioural development processes, and how this interaction can be improved by external help and support. Neurobiological, neurophysiological, and behavioural models deriving from this work provide the conceptual basis for new or existing interventions and care concepts for youth from at risk backgrounds, people with disability, and their caregivers. This line of work is linked with work embedded in the Amsterdam Public Health research institute.

Contact: Prof. dr. Carlo Schuengel (