prof. dr. D.R. (René) Veenstra

Hoogleraar

Research

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Postal address:
Netherlands

Research interests

Introduction on my research

My research line carries out research on the development of adolescents. The focus is on positive and negative outcomes. Topics that are studied are:

 

  • - prosocial and antisocial behavior
  • - bullying and victimization

This research line often uses a goal-framing approach for explaining human behavior. Goals can be seen as combinations of representations of desired or undesired end states and knowledge structures (including stereotypes) about ways to realize them.
To get more insight into these processes, longitudinal data sets are used, such as TRAILS, SNARE and KiVa.
This research line uses several analysis techniques, including social network analysis techniques such as p2 and SIENA, programs developed by colleagues in Groningen. There is international interest in the application of these social network analysis techniques, in particular in research on adolescents.

The aim is to develop this research line on the development of adolescents in two directions.

 

  1. 1. First, new insights are needed into processes of interactive and cumulative continuity. Vicious cycles can occur as a result of the misfit between a person and the environment, and path dependencies can increasingly restrict persons' opportunities. Such dynamic processes require new theoretical and methodological approaches.
  2. 2. Success with this first challenge will have spin-offs for the second challenge: Disseminating this work and developing interventions. The input of this research line for this intervention is the theoretical and empirical elaboration of a social network approach to bullying.

In recent years, particular attention has been paid to the theoretical and empirical elaboration of a social network approach to bullying as described in the Finnish KuVa Koulu Anti-bullying Intervention Program.  By collecting data on who bullies whom, I have been able to investigate the processes underlying bullying networks and provide evidence that bullies select victims strategically (Child Development, 2010; Aggressive Behavior, 2013). Recently, I have shown that teachers can play an important role in anti-bullying programs and should be seen as targets of intervention (Journal of Educational Psychology, 2014).  KiVa is a unique source of information for research and analysis, and the first publications from this work have appeared in top 10% journals, showing a higher victimization rate in the classrooms of teachers who attributed bullying to external factors (Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, 2015) and providing evidence for social support - victims with the same bullies defend each other over time - and retaliation - defenders run the risk of becoming victimized by the bullies of the victims they defend (Development and Psychopathology, 2014).

Working on the theoretical and empirical elaboration of a social network approach to bullying, I have used novel models, methods, and software to examine group processes among children and adolescents, finding that bullies choose their victims so as to minimize loss of affection by choosing victims who are not likely to be defended by significant others (Child Development, 2007), and that ingroup-outgroup effects are important in explaining the group process of bullying (Aggressive Behavior, 2012). I have advocated a longitudinal social network analysis approach in the Handbook of Developmental Research Methods (2012) and in a special issue of the Journal of Research on Adolescence (2013) that I edited.

 

Research interests

Consultancy reports

 

Research interests

Dissertation

 

Research interests

Book reviews

  • Veenstra, R. (2008). Over valse en echte wetenschap. Boekbespreking van R. Boomkens, Topkitsch en slow science. Facta, 16(4), 15.
  • Veenstra, R. (2006). Boekbespreking van C. Nas, ‘EQUIPping’ delinquent male adolescents to think pro-socially. Tijdschrift voor Criminologie, 48, 93-96.
  • Dijkstra, J.K. & Veenstra, R. (2005). Boekbespreking van A. Donker, Precursors and prevalence of young-adult and adult delinquency. Tijdschrift voor Criminologie, 47, 300-306.
  • Veenstra, R. (2005). Boekbespreking van J. Billiet & H. Waege (red.), Een samenleving onderzocht. Methoden van sociaal-wetenschappelijk onderzoek. Mens en Maatschappij, 80, 179-183.
  • Veenstra, R. (2000). Boekbespreking van E. Luijpers, Intentie tot exploratie, sociale binding en delinquent gedrag van Nederlandse jongeren. Tijdschrift voor Sociologie, 21, 409-413.
  • Veenstra, D.R. (1997). Boekbespreking van M. Luna Rubio, Leerlingbegeleiding: wens en werkelijkheid. Pedagogische Studiën, 74, 308-310.

 

Research interests

Organization of conferences or conference sessions

  • Veenstra, R. (2012, April).Member Scientific Organization Committee Negative Ties and Social Networks Workshop. Budapest, Hungary (with Joe Labianca, Patrick Doreian, and Robert Faris).
  • Salmivalli, C. & Veenstra, R. (2012, March). SRA Peer Preconference. Vancouver, Canada (with Mara Brendgen, Bram Orobio de Castro, Dianna Murray-Close, Nancy Guerra, Noel Card, Scott Hofer, Rens van de Schoot, Todd Little, Christian Steglich, Margaret K. Keiley).
  • Veenstra, R. (2012, March). Paper Symposium on ‘SIENA Models for Negative Relationships and Behavior Dynamics’. Vancouver, Canada: Society for Research on Adolescence (with Sabrina Ruggieri, Gijs Huitsing, Christian Berger, William J. Burk).
  • Veenstra, R. (2009, April). Paper Symposium on ‘The Complex Nature of Bullying and Victimization’. Denver, CO: Society for Research in Child Development (with Philip Rodkin, Miia Sainio, René Veenstra, and Hongling Xie).
  • Veenstra, R. (2008, July). Paper Symposium on ‘Bullying and Victimization’. Würzburg, Germany: International Society for the Study of Behavioral Development (with Gijs Huitsng, Anke Munniksma, Virpi Pöyhönen, Miia Sainio, and as discussant Sonja Perren).
  • Veenstra, R. & Ojanen, T. (2008, March). Paper Symposium on ‘Social Network Analysis in the Peer Context’. Chicago, IL: Society for Research on Adolescence (with Jan Kornelis Dijkstra, Gijs Huitsing, Tiina Ojanen, and as discussant Scott D. Gest).
  • Veenstra, R. (2007, June). Member Program Committee Educational Research Days. Groningen: Onderwijs Research Dagen.
  • Veenstra, R. (2007, April). Paper Symposium on ‘Desistance from Antisocial Behavior’. Boston: Society for Research in Child Development (with Shawn D. Bushway, Jan Kornelis Dijkstra, René Veenstra, and as discussant Antonius H.N. Cillessen).
  • Veenstra, R. (2006, March). Paper Symposium on ‘Bullying and victimization: Innovative designs and analyses’. San Francisco: Society for Research on Adolescence (with Dorothy L. Espelage, Jenny Isaacs, Susan M. Swearer, René Veenstra, and as discussant Ernest V.E. Hodges).
  • Veenstra, R. & Côté, S. (2004, March). Paper Symposium on ‘Prosocial and antisocial behavior. Opposite ends or independent characteristics?’. Ghent: International Society for the Study of Behavioral Development (with Katja Kokko, Dale F. Hay, Sylvana Côté, René Veenstra, and as discussant Terrie E. Moffitt).
  • Cillessen, A.H.N. & Veenstra, R. (2004, July). Paper Symposium on ‘Peer relations in adolescence: New concepts and dimensions’. Ghent: International Society for the Study of Behavioral Development (with Lei Chang, Jan Kornelis Dijkstra, Marjolijn Vermande, Antonius H.N. Cillessen, and as discussant Thomas J. Dishion).
  • Veenstra, R. (2004, July). Paper Symposium on ‘Prosocial and antisocial behavior. Two sides of the same coin?’. Baltimore: Society for Research on Adolescence (with Philip C. Rodkin, Stacey S. Horn, René Veenstra, and as discussant Richard A. Fabes).
  • Dijkstra, A.B., Karsten, S., Veenstra, R., & Visscher, A. (2001, September). Organizer of the Conference ‘Het oog der natie. Scholen op rapport’ for the Vereniging voor Onderwijsresearch (VOR), & OOMO. Amsterdam: SCO-Kohnstamm Instituut.
  • Veenstra, R. (2001, March). Organizer of the ICS-KLI Miniconference on ‘Solidarity and prosocial dispositions’, Schiermonnikoog.
  • Dijkstra, A.B., Karsten, S., Veenstra, R., & Visscher, A. (2000, November). Organizer of the Conference ‘Ranking schools’ for the Vereniging voor Onderwijsresearch (VOR), & OOMO. Amsterdam: SCO-Kohnstamm Instituut.

 

Research interests

Invited presentations

  • Veenstra, R. (2015, March 18). ‘Bullying.’ Philadelphia, PA: SRCD Preconference on Peer Relations (breakout session with Dorothy Espelage).
  • Veenstra, R. (2015, March 19, 10:10-11:40). Discussant of Symposium on ‘Peer Processes and School Adjustment: Examining Classroom Variations and Contextual Factors’. Philadelphia, PA: Society for Research in Child Development (with Huiyoung Shin, Dawn DeLay, and Handrea Logis).
  • Veenstra, R. (2014, September). 'Group processes among children. About bullying and other problem behavior.' Nijmegen: From Developmental Science to Practice, symposium organized in collaboration with NWO and BSI.
  • Veenstra, R. (2014, March). Discussant of Symposium on ‘Genes and Peers: How Genes Modify the Effects of Peer Victimization and Peer Behavior on Adjustment’. Austin, TX: Society for Research on Adolescence (with Sylvie Mrug, Edward D. Barker, Elisa Trucco). 
  • Veenstra, R. (2014, March). ‘Meet the scientist lunch.’ Austin, TX: Society for Research on Adolescence.
  • Veenstra, R. (2014, March). ‘The ins and outs of publishing. A converstation with the editors.’ Austin, TX: SRA Preconference on Peer Relations (with Manfred H.M. Van Dulmen, Jacquelynne Eccles, Todd Little, Charles E. Irwin, Roger J. Levesque).
  • Veenstra, R. (2013, April). ‘Focus on the group! A social network perspective on bullying.’ Los Angeles, CA: RAND.
  • Veenstra, R., Huitsing, G., Munniksma, F., Oldenburg, B., & Van der Ploeg, R. (2013, April). ‘KiVa in the Netherlands: Design, implementation and selected findings.’ Seattle, WA: Society for Research in Child Development (symposium on Intervening in School Bullying: The Critical Role of Context).
  • Veenstra, R. (2013, April). ‘Advances in Social Networks Research Methods.’ Seattle, WA: SRCD Preconference on Peer Relations (breakout session with Scott D. Gest & Jenna Watling Neal).
  • Veenstra, R. (2012, November). ‘Pesten is nooit gezond en los je op in de groep: Het KiVa anti-pestprogramma.’ Ede, the Netherlands: SCEM.[PDF]
  • Veenstra, R. (2012, November). ‘Academic disengagement and friendship dynamics.’ International Video Conference on Peer Relations (emanating from Concordia University, Montreal , Canada).
  • Veenstra, R. (2012, February). ‘Network and behavior dynamics: An introduction in SIENA and its applications.’ Tampa, FL: SRCD Themed Meeting on Developmental Methodology (workshop).
  • Veenstra, R. (2011, December). ‘Targeting Behaviorally Vulnerable Children. The Role of Social Networks.’ London, UK: Social Genetic & Developmental Psychiatry Centre, Institute of Psychiatry.
  • Veenstra, R. (2011, November). ‘The Important Role of Teachers in Bullying Interventions: The KiVa Program.’ Oxford, UK: Nuffield College (Nuffield Sociology Seminar).
  • Veenstra, R. (2011, October). ‘Dynamic social network analysis.’ Helsinki, Finland: Seminar on Happy 2 School – Peers and School (organized by the Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies at the University of Helsinki).
  • Veenstra, R. (2011, March). ‘Social Development of Adolescents.’ Montreal, Canada: SRCD Preconference (interactive "walkabout" session: lab visit).
  • Veenstra, R. (2011, March). SIENA Models for Network and Behavior Dynamics:  Innovative Designs and Analyses to Examine Selection and Influence Processes. Burlington, VT: Colloquium at Department of Psychology, University of Vermont.
  • Veenstra, R. (2010, August). ‘Targeting the Group as a Whole: A Social Network Perspective on Bullying.’ Turku, Finland: KiVa Days (keynote).
  • Veenstra, R. (2010, August). ‘KiVa Anti-Bullying Program: Implications for School Adjustment.’ Turku, Finland: KiVa Days (research session).
  • Veenstra, R. (2010, March). ‘Social Network Analysis: What Can It Tell Us, What Do You Need to Get Started, and What Pitfalls to Avoid?’ Philadelphia, PA: SRA Preconference on Peer Relations (breakout session with Scott D. Gest).
  • Veenstra, R. (2010, March). Discussant of Symposium on ‘Following the Course of Bullying in Adolescence’. Philadelphia, PA: Society for Research on Adolescence (with Louise Arseneault, Edward D. Barker, Lucy Bowes, Barbara Maughan, Isabelle Ouellet-Morin).
  • Veenstra, R. (2009, October). Children’s Peer Relationships: Underlying Mechanisms of Development in Adolescence. Turku, Finland: Finnish Graduate School of Psychology.
  • Veenstra, R. (2009, April). Dynamic systems analyses. Denver, CO: SRCD Preconference on Peer Relations (teaching session with Tom Hollenstein).
  • Veenstra, R., Huitsing, G. & Boelhouwer, M. (2009, February). Bullying and victimization: New directions and designs. Groningen: Faculty Lecture.
  • Veenstra, R. (2008, March). Dyadic relations, social networks, and bullying in schools. Zurich, Switzerland: Jacobs Center for Productive Youth Development.
  • Veenstra, R. (2008, March). Dyadic relations, social networks, and bullying in schools. Berne, Switzerland: University of Berne Institute of Psychology.
  • Veenstra, R. (2008, March). Discussant of Symposium on ‘Methodological Issues in Longitudinal Research on Externalizing Behavior Problems’. Chicago, IL: Society for Research on Adolescence (with Arin Connell, Thomas J. Dishion, Elizabeth A. Goncy, Manfred H.M. Van Dulmen, and Keith Burt).
  • Veenstra, R. (2007, August). Dyadic relations, social networks, and bullying in schools. Turku, Finland: Graduate School of Psychology (workshop on Developmental Processes in the Peer Context)
  • Veenstra, R. (2007, June). Who bullies who? A social network perspective on bullying and victimization. Kandersteg, Switzerland: International Meeting on Joint Efforts against Victimization.
  • Veenstra, R. (2006, November).’Rejection, antisocial behavior, and circular causality.’ Groningen: Lustrum ICS (conference on Rational Choice Social Research).
  • Veenstra, R. (2006, June).’The dyadic nature of bullying and victimization.’ Lawrence, KA: NSF-Sponsored Conference (conference on Modeling Interdependent Data in Developmental Psychology).
  • Veenstra, R. (2006, March). Speaker/discussant of SRA Peer Relations Preconference on ‘Linking the study of peer interactions, relationships and groups in adolescence’. San Francisco: Society for Research on Adolescence.
  • Card, N. & Veenstra, R. (2006, March).’Dyads: Friends, antipathies, bully-victim relationships.’ San Francisco, CA: SRA Preconference on Peer Relations (presentation and breakout session).

 

Research interests

Recent presentations at international conferences

  • Van Rijsewijk, L., Dijkstra, J. K.,Pattiselanno,K. Steglich, C., & Veenstra, R. (2015, March 21, 13:55-15:25). Antecedents of Adolescent Peer Prosocial Relations: Studying Initiation and Development With Longitudinal Social Network Analysis. Philadelphia, PA: Society for Research in Child Development (symposium on The Role of Peers and Friends in the Development of (Early) Adolescents’ Prosocial Behaviors and Relations).
  • Franken,A., Harakeh, Z., Dijkstra, J. K., Veenstra, R., & Vollebergh, W. (2015, March 21, 12:30-13:45). Peer Perception of Adolescents with an Early Onset of Antisocial Behavior: The SNARE study. Philadelphia, PA: Society for Research in Child Development (poster).
  • Rambaran, J., Veenstra, R., Dijkstra, J. K., & Van Duijn, M. (2015, March 21, 12:30-13:45). Who Bullies Whom? Level and Direction in Single- and Multi-Grade Classrooms. Philadelphia, PA: Society for Research in Child Development (poster).
  • Savickaite, R.., Dijkstra, J. K., Kreager, D., Ivanova, K., & Veenstra, R. (2015, March 21, 10:25-11:40). Friendship, Popularity, and Adolescent Dating in Mixed-Gender Peer Settings. Philadelphia, PA: Society for Research in Child Development (poster).
  • Sentse, M., Veenstra, R., Kiuru, N., & Salmivalli, C. (2015, March 21, 8:00-9:30). A longitudinal multilevel study of individual characteristics and classroom norms in explaining bullying behaviors. Philadelphia, PA: Society for Research in Child Development (symposium on The Interplay between Person and Classroom Context in Explaining the Perpetuation of Bullying and Victimization).
  • La Roi, C., Dijkstra, J. K., & Veenstra, R. (2015, March 20, 17:20-18:35). Depression disparities between LGBs and heterosexuals from childhood to early adulthood: Evidence from a Dutch cohort study. Philadelphia, PA: Society for Research in Child Development (poster).
  • Kretschmer, T., Barker, E. D., Oldehinkel. A., & Veenstra, R. (2015, March 20, 12:00-13:30). Multifinality of peer victimization. Philadelphia, PA: Society for Research in Child Development (symposium on Can physiological and genetic factors explain variation in vulnerability to the effects of peer victimization?).
  • Volk, A., Hymel, S., Veenstra, R., Craig, W., & Espelage, D. (2015, March 20, 8:00-9:30). Defining and Measuring Bullying. Philadelphia, PA: Society for Research in Child Development (conversation roundtable).
  • Laninga-Wijnen, L., Harakeh, Z., Dijkstra, J. K., Veenstra, R., & Vollebergh, W. (2015, March 19, 14:10-15:40). Antisocial and Prosocial Peer Norms: Emergence, Stability and Impact on Adolescent Individual Development. Philadelphia, PA: Society for Research in Child Development (symposium on Follow the Leader(s)?! Peer Influence on the Development of Behavior and Friendships in the School Context).
  • Pattiselanno, K., Dijkstra, J. K., Steglich, C., & Veenstra, R. (2015, March 19, 12:00-13:15). Walk the Walk or Walk the Talk: Mimicking Actual or Perceived Substance Use of Peers. Philadelphia, PA: Society for Research in Child Development (poster).
  • Dijkstra, J. K., Pattiselanno, K., Franken, A., Harakeh, Z., Vollebergh, W., & Veenstra, R. (2014, March). Testing the Maturity Gap as Explanation for Adolescents’ Delinquency and Substance Use. Austin, TX: Society for Research on Adolescence (poster).
  • Pattiselanno, K., Steglich, C., Veenstra, R., Franken, A., Vollebergh, W., & Dijkstra, J. K. (2014, March). Cohesiveness in Adolescent Peer Groups and Involvement in Risk Behaviors. Austin, TX: Society for Research on Adolescence (poster).
  • Van Rijsewijk, L., Dijkstra, J. K., Pattiselanno, K., Steglich, C., &. Veenstra, R. (2014, March). Prosocial Relationships with Peers: Studying Initiation and Development Using Social Network Analysis. Austin, TX: Society for Research on Adolescence (poster).
  • Veenstra, R., Huitsing, G., Oldenburg, B., & Van der Ploeg, R. (2014, March). An International Replication of the KiVa Antibullying Program: A Multilevel Evaluation of KiVa in the Netherlands. Austin, TX: Society for Research on Adolescence (symposium on The KiVa Program: The First Replicated Evidence-Based Antibullying Program in the World and Novel Findings to Improve the Program).
  • Oldenburg, B., Sentse,M., Van Duijn, M., Huitsing, G., Van der Ploeg, R., Salmivalli, C., & Veenstra, R. (2014, March). Teacher Characteristics and Victimization in Elementary Schools: A Class-Level Perspective. Austin, TX: Society for Research on Adolescence (symposium on The KiVa Program: The First Replicated Evidence-Based Antibullying Program in the World and Novel Findings to Improve the Program).
  • Van der Ploeg, R., Steglich, C., Salmivalli, C., & Veenstra, R. (2014, March). A Social Network Evaluation of the Support Group Approach: For Whom and When is it Supportive? Austin, TX: Society for Research on Adolescence (symposium on The KiVa Program: The First Replicated Evidence-Based Antibullying Program in the World and Novel Findings to Improve the Program).
  • Huitsing, G., Van Duijn, M., Snijders, T., &. Veenstra, R. (2014, March). Victims, Bullies, and their Defenders: A Longitudinal Study of the Co-evolution of Positive and Negative Networks. Austin, TX: Society for Research on Adolescence (symposium on The KiVa Program: The First Replicated Evidence-Based Antibullying Program in the World and Novel Findings to Improve the Program).
  • Van der Ploeg, R., Steglich, C., Salmivalli, C., & Veenstra, R. (2014, March). Different Aspects of Victimization: How Often, in How Many Ways, and by How Many Classmates are Children Victimized? Austin, TX: Society for Research on Adolescence (poster).
  • Ruschoff, B., Dijkstra, J. K., &. Veenstra, R. (2014, March). Social Capital at the Transition to Work: Does Peer Status Matter? Austin, TX: Society for Research on Adolescence (symposium on Social Capital in School-to-Work Transitions among Adolescents and Emerging Adults).
  • Rambaran, J., Veenstra, R., Schwartz, D., Gorman, A., & Badaly, D. (2014, March). Academic Disengagement and Friendship Dynamics: The Effects of a High Status. Austin, TX: Society for Research on Adolescence (symposium on Methodological Advances to Disentangle Peer Selection and Socialization Effects: A Chicken-Egg Dilemma Resolved?).
  • Oldenburg, B., Barrera, D., Olthof, T., Van Duijn, M., Sentse, M., Veenstra, R., Goossens, F., Van der Meulen, M., Aleva, L., & Vermande, M. (2014, March). Identifying Victims of Bullying in the Classroom: Differences Between Defenders and Outsiders. Austin, TX: Society for Research on Adolescence (poster).
  • Veenstra, R., Rambaran, J. A., Schwartz, D., Hopmeyer-Gorman, A., & Badaly, D. (2013, May). Academic Disengagement and Friendship Dynamics: Selection and Influence Processes Among High School Students. Hamburg, Germany: Sunbelt XXXIII, International Network for Social Network Analysis.
  • Pattiselanno, K., Dijkstra, J. K., Steglich, C. E. G., Vollebergh, W. A. M., & Veenstra, R. (2013, May). The Impact of Clique Hierarchization on Peer Influence Processes in Adolescent Risk Behaviors. Hamburg, Germany: Sunbelt XXXIII, International Network for Social Network Analysis.
  • Huitsing, G., Van Duijn, M. A. J., Snijders, T. A. B., Wang, P., Sainio, M., Salmivalli, C., & Veenstra, R. (2013, May). Univariate and multivariate models of positive and negative networks: Liking, disliking, defending, and bully-victim relationships. Hamburg, Germany: Sunbelt XXXIII, International Network for Social Network Analysis.
  • Dijkstra, J. K., Lindenberg, S., Zijlstra, L., Bouma, E. M. C., & Veenstra, R. (2013, April). The Secret Ingredient for Social Success of Young Males: A Gene-Environment Study on the 5HT2A Serotonin Receptor Gene, Popularity, and Aggression. Seattle, WA: Society for Research in Child Development (poster).
  • Pattiselanno, K., Dijkstra, J. K., Steglich, C. E. G., Vollebergh, W. A. M., & Veenstra, R. (2013, April). The Impact of Clique Hierarchization on Peer Influence Processes in Adolescent Delinquency. Seattle, WA: Society for Research in Child Development (symposium on Dyadic and Group Processes Involved in Externalizing Behaviors in Adolescence: Links with Social Dominance and Prominence).
  • Munniksma, A., Verkuyten, M., Flache, A., Stark, T. H., & Veenstra, R. (2013, April). Friendships and Ethnic Attitudes Among Ethnic Minority Youth: The Mediating Role of Ethnic and Host Society Identification. Seattle, WA: Society for Research in Child Development (symposium on Intergroup Relations in Context: Benefits and Challenges of Outgroup Contact in Schools Around the Globe).
  • Kretschmer, T., Sentse, M., Dijkstra, J. K., & Veenstra, R. (2013, April). 5-HTTLPR Interacts with Late Childhood Peer Rejection in the Prediction of Adolescent Externalizing Problems. Seattle, WA: Society for Research in Child Development (symposium on Peers, Parents, and Maladjustment ? What Role Do Genetic Factors Play?).
  • Verlinden-Bondaruk, M., Veenstra, R., Jansen, P. W., Hofman, A., Jaddoe, V., Verhulst, F. C., & Tiemeier, H. (2013, April). Cognitive Functioning and Bullying Involvement at Early Elementary School. Seattle, WA: Society for Research in Child Development (poster).
  • Kretschmer, T., Dijkstra, J. K., & Veenstra, R. (2013, April). DRD4 Moderates Associations Between Positive and Negative Peer Experiences and Adolescent Delinquency. Seattle, WA: Society for Research in Child Development (symposium on DRD4 for Better or for Worse? The Complex Interplay Between Genes and Environment).
  • Veenstra, R., Rambaran, J. A., Schwartz, D., Hopmeyer-Gorman, A., & Badaly, D. (2013, April). Academic Disengagement and Friendship Dynamics: Selection and Influence Processes Among High School Students. Seattle, WA: Society for Research in Child Development (Processes of Peer Selection and Socialization on Academic Oriented Outcomes: Social Networks and Behaviors from Elementary to High School Contexts).

 

Research interests

Raised funds

  • René Veenstra (2015) ‘Anti-bullying programs 2.0: Tailored interventions to minimize bullying.’ Funded by NWO VICI. Project number 453-14-006.
  • René Veenstra (2014) ‘Tracking Young Adults, wave six of TRAILS.’ Funded by NWO MaGW Veranderingsstudies. Project number. Project number 481-11-001.
  • Jan Kornelis Dijkstra, Wilma Vollebergh, René Veenstra, Zeena Harakeh, Tina Kretschmer, & Harold Snieder (2014) ‘Social Network Analysis of Risk behavior in Early adolescence (SNARE).’ Funded by MAGW NWO Investment Medium. Project number: GB-MAGW .
  • René Veenstra, Jan Kornelis Dijkstra, Christian Steglich, Richard Fabes, & Loes van Rijsewijk (2013) ‘Antecedents and consequences of adolescents’ prosocial relationships: Peer group dynamics at the individual, dyadic, network, and contextual level.’ Funded by NWO Research Talent Program. Project number: 406-13-017.
  • Jan Kornelis Dijkstra, René Veenstra, Greetje Timmerman, Derek Kreager, & Ruta Savickaite (2013) ‘Peers and partners: A social network approach to adolescents’ peer and romantic relationships.’ Funded by NWO Research Talent Program. Project number: 406-12-022.
  • René Veenstra, Jan Kornelis Dijkstra, Wilma Vollebergh, Zeena Harakeh , Marijtje van Duijn & Christian Steglich (2013) ‘Social Networks Processes and Social Development of Children and Adolescents.’ Funded by NWO PROO. Project number 411-12-027.
  • René Veenstra (2011) ‘Tracking Emerging Adults, the fifth wave of TRAILS.’ Funded by NWO MaGW Veranderingsstudies. Project number 481-08-013.
  • Christina Salmivalli, René Veenstra & Noona Kiuru (2011) ‘Bullying Networks across Classrooms.’ Funded by Academy of Finland (European Collaborative Research Project).
  • René Veenstra (2011) ‘Een verkennend onderzoek naar de effectiviteit van huisverboden’ Funded by Municipality of Groningen.
  • René Veenstra (2010) ‘Signaleren en tegengaan van pesten: het KiVa antipestprogramma.’ Funded by Ministry of Education (Onderwijs Bewijs Actieprogramma II).
  • Wilma Vollebergh, René Veenstra, Zeena Harakeh & Jan Kornelis Dijkstra (2010) ‘The group dynamics of adolescent risk behavior: The importance of clique characteristics for peer influencing.’ Funded by NWO Youth & Family Program. Project number: 431-09-027.
  • Ernestine Gordijn, Tinka Veldhuis, Siegwart Lindenberg & René Veenstra (2009) ‘Evaluatie bijzondere opvang ‘terroristenafdelingen.’ Funded by the Ministry of Justice (WODC).
  • Andrea de Winter, René Veenstra & Menno Reijneveld (2008) Valorisation of results on bullying and mental health problems. ZonMW.
  • Gijs Huitsing, René Veenstra, Marijtje van Duijn & Tom Snijders (2008) ‘Targeting the group? A social network perspective on bullying.’ Funded by NWO Toptalent Program. Project number: 021-002-022.
  • René Veenstra (2007) ‘Data collection on romantic relationships in TRAILS.’ Funded by NWO. Project number: 425-12-016.
  • René Veenstra, Siegwart Lindenberg & Trudie Knijn (2004) ‘Does it run in the family? Dysfunctional families and problematic behavior of adolescents and emerging adults’ Funded by NWO-programme ‘The ties that families bind’. Project number: 457-03-018.
  • Siegwart Lindenberg, Johan Ormel, Frank C. Verhulst & René Veenstra (2002) ‘A social component of the TRAILS study (a prospective longitudinal study of mental health and social development from pre-puberty into young adulthood) with the development of pro- and antisocial behavior over time.’ Funded by MAGW NWO Investment Medium. Project number: GB-MAGW 480-01-006.
  • René Veenstra, Frank C. Verhulst & Johan Ormel (2001) ‘Prevalence, incidence, and development of antisocial behavior among children of 10 years and younger’. Funded by the Ministry of Justice.

 

Research interests

Member of manuscript committee

  • Ruben de Cuyper: Personal networks of prisoners. Thesis to be defended: Amsterdam (VU), May 22, 2015.
  • Daphne van de Bongardt: Developing adolescent sexuality in context: Relations with parents and peers. Thesis to be defended: Utrecht, April 17, 2015.
  • Jellie Sierksma: Bounded Helping: How morality and intergroup relations shape children’s reasoning about helping. Thesis to be defended: Utrecht, February 27, 2015.
  • Saskia Mulder: Children with Internalizing Problems and Peer Problems. Risk Factors, Treatment Effectiveness, Moderation, and Mediation. Thesis defended: Utrecht, October 24, 2014.
  • Vincent Busch: The Utrecht Healthy School: Connecting adolescent health behavior, academic achievement and Health Promoting Schools. Thesis defended: Utrecht, May 20, 2014.
  • Chip Huisman: The smoking chain. Friendship networks, education, social background and adolescent smoking behavior in the Netherlands. Thesis defended: Amsterdam (UvA), January 15, 2013.
  • Tessa Lansu: Implicit Processes in Peer Relations. Thesis defended: Nijmegen, December 21, 2012 (cum laude).
  • Charlotte Verboom: Depression and role functioning in adolescence and adulthood. Thesis defended: Groningen, December 12, 2012.
  • Nicoletta Balbo: Family, friends, and fertility. Thesis defended: Groningen, December 6, 2012 (winner of ECSR Thesis Prize 2013).
  • Peter Kolarcik: Self-reported health and health risky behaviour of Roma adolescents in Slovakia: A comparison with non-Roma. Thesis defended: Groningen, October 8, 2012.
  • Marieke van de Rakt: Two Generations of Crime: The intergenerational transmission of criminal convictions over the life course. Thesis defended: Nijmegen, January 11, 2011.
  • Miranda Witvliet: Children’s peer relations and the development of psychopathology: A group-based approach. Thesis defended: Amsterdam (VU), September 15, 2009.
  • Hanneke Palmen: Friendship and aggression in elementary school. Thesis defended: Utrecht, June 15, 2009.
  • Gijs Weijters: Youth delinquency in Dutch cities and schools: A multi-level approach. Thesis defended: Nijmegen, December 4, 2008.
  • Berna Güroglu: Development of dyadic peer relationships: Friendships and antipathies. Thesis defended: Nijmegen, April 3, 2008 (cum laude).

 

Research interests

Reviewing for journals

Aggressive Behavior; American Educational Research Journal; American Sociological Review; Child Development; Criminology; Current Directions in Psychological Science; Developmental Review; Educational Research and Evaluation; European Child & Adolescent Psychiatry; International Journal of Behavioral Development; Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology; Journal of Adolescence; Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology; Journal of Early Adolescence; Journal of Psychosomatic Research; Merrill-Palmer Quarterly; Netherlands Journal of Psychology; Netherlands’ Journal of Social Sciences; Pedagogische Studiën; Physiology & Behavior; Psychological Medicine; Psychology of Violence; School Effectiveness and School Improvement; Sex Roles; Sociology of Education; Social Development; Social Forces; Social Networks; Tijdschrift voor Criminologie; Tijdschrift voor Gezondheidswetenschappen; Tijdschrift voor Veiligheid.

 

Research interests

Reviewing for conferences

Society for Research on Adolescence and Society for Research in Child Development.

 

Research interests

Grant reviews

The Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO): Open Competitie; Programmaraad Onderwijsonderzoek; Vernieuwingsimpuls; ZonMW – Zorg voor Jeugd; Canadian Networks of Centres of Excellence; Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology; Research Foundation Flanders – FWO.

 

Research interests

Policy advice

Because of the current high focus of Dutch society on bullying and measures how to reduce the incidence of bullying in schools, my views and contributions as an expert on bullying (and on anti-bullying programs) have been frequently sought.

2014               Presentation for Council for Social Development (RMO) / Council for Health Care (RVZ) titled “Betere zorg voor kinderen en gezinnen: Versterk allereerst het netwerk op school.”

2012 – 2014   Member reading committee The Netherlands Institute for Social Research (SCP) for report titled “Anders in de klas? Evaluatie van de pilot Sociale veiligheid van LHBT-jongeren op school”

2013               Presentations (February and November) for Inspectorate of Education titled “Sociale ontwikkeling van jongeren en de rol van de (vertrouwens)inspecteurs.”

2013               Chairman of the committee Veenstra that investigated the bullying-related suicide of the 15-years old Fleur Bloemen (other members: Peter Dijkshoorn, Matty van der Meulen, Tom van Yperen).

2013               Presentation on Evidence-Based Anti-Bullying Programs for Members of Parliament.

2013               Presentation at expert meeting with Sander Dekker, Secretary of State for Education, and Marc Dullaert, Ombudsman for Children, titled “Naar een preventieve aanpak van pesten.”

 

Research interests

Teaching

2010 – 2013   Criminality and Security (BA, University College)

2009 – 2010   Criminality and Security: Policy and Policy Evaluation (MSc)

2008 – now     Starting the Project: the Proposal and the First Paper (ICS-course)

2007 – now     Criminality and Security (BA, 200-level, lectures, 140 hours)

2003 – now     Criminality and Security (BA, 300-level, project with INTRAVAL, 280 hours)

2000 – 2005   Methodology (BA, 100-level, lectures, 140 hours)

1998 – 1999   Descriptive Statistics (BA, 100-level, lectures, 80 hours)

1998               Sociology: 'Between money and happiness: determining and evaluating social welfare' (BA, 100-level, project, 120 hours)

1998 – 1999   Applied Statistics (BA, 100-level, lectures, 120 hours)

1998 – 1999   Loglinear Analysis and Logistic Regression (BA, 300-level, lectures, 40 hours)

1997 – 1999   Sociology of Education (BA, 300-level, project, 280 hours)

 

Research interests

Management

2014 – now     Scientific Director Research School ICS, Interuniversity Center for Social Science Theory and Methodology (University of Groningen / Radboud University Nijmegen / Utrecht University)

2014 – now     Director of Research, Department of Sociology, University of Groningen

2010 – 2014   Chair, Educational Committee Sociology, University of Groningen

2009 – now     Member, Management Team TRAILS

2009 – now     Coordinator, MA program Criminality and Security Department of Sociology, University of Groningen

2009 – 2011   Member, GMR Primary Education, Municipality of Groningen

2008 – 2010   Member, Educational Committee Research Master ‘Behavioural and Social Sciences’, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Groningen

2005 – now     Coordinator, Research Line Social Development of Adolescents, Department of Sociology, University of Groningen

2005 – now     Organizer, Sociology Colloquium, University of Groningen

 

Research interests

Editing

2010 – 2016   Associate Editor of the Journal of Research on Adolescence (number of manuscripts overseen in 2013: 90

 

Research interests

Committee membership

2014               NWO VENI MaGW

2014               NWO Research Talent Program MaGW

 

Research interests

Media

[Unifocus: Looking at Problem Behavior, November 2012]
[Prevention Action: I know, I can, I do: Reducing bullying in Finland, April 2011]
[RUG Opinion: Stop the proliferation of anti-bullying programmes, January 2011]
[Prevention Action: On the TRAIL of the Value of a Good Education, August 2010]
[New York Times: Maybe Bullies Just Want to Be Loved, May 2010]
[Live Science: Behind Bullying: Why Kids Are So Cruel, April 2010]
[e! Science News: Pursuit of Status and Affection Drives Bullies' Behavior, March 2010]
[WebMD: What Motivates Kids Who Are Bullies?, March 2010]
[Telegraph: Bullies Are Looking for Affection, March 2010]
[Live Science: Bullies Pick on Unpopular Kids, March 2010]

[Åbo Underrättelser (in Swedish): Flickor och pojkar får olika vård, August 2010]
[MagisNet (in Spanish): Estrategias de un matón: acosar sin perder los afectos en clase, June 2010]

 

Research interests

Media (Dutch)

[Grenzen in het geding (Slachtofferhulp Nederland): De groep en haar normen zijn bepalend, februari 2015]
[7Days: Nog geen perfecte anti-pestmethode, februari 2015]
[7Days: Waarom anti-pestlessen niet werken, februari 2015]
[de Volkskrant: Piep throat, februari 2015]
[Dagblad van het Noorden: Miljoenen voor topwetenschappers, februari 2015]
[de Volkskrant: Eenderde leraren gepest? 'Niet helemaal, maar er speelt wel iets', november 2014]
[Onderwijsblad: Steun het slachtoffer: zeven tips voor een pestaanpak op eigen kracht, september 2014]
[Onderwijsblad: Antipestprogramma’s ongeschikt voor VO, september 2014]
[7Days: Protest tegen Project P, april 2014]
[Telegraaf: Vraagtekens bij Project P, april 2014]
[De Morgen: Is dit het perfecte wapen tegen pesters?, februari 2014]
[LVV nieuwsbrief: Iedereen heeft recht op een fijne schooltijd, januari 2014]
[de Volkskrant (wetenschapsbijlage): Pesten onder de loep: Kinderen beseffen nu wat pesterij aanricht, november 2013]
[RTV Oost: Fins anti-pestprogramma voor basisscholen succesvol, november 2013]
[Remco ruimt op: Onderzoek pesten: Interview met René Veenstra, oktober 2013]
[Dagblad van het Noorden: Ik wist ook dat hij het pispaaltje was - op de Triangel in Grijpskerk, oktober 2013]
[NRC Handelsblad: Pesten kan fors minder, oktober 2013]
[NRC Handelsblad: Kamagurka: Van pesters maken we positieve leiders... Gewoon om ze te pesten, oktober 2013]
[NRC Next: Als school oorlog is / We maken van de pesters positieve leiders, oktober 2013]
[NOS Jeugdjournaal: Anti-pestprogramma werkt - op OBS de Sprenge in Emst, oktober 2013]
[Dagblad van het Noorden: Groningse aanpak pesten succesvol, oktober 2013]
[NOS Radio 1: Finse anti-pestmethode succesvol, oktober 2013]
[Universiteitskrant: Finse anti-pestmethode werkt, oktober 2013]
[Sociologie Magazine: Iedereen heeft een rol in het bestrijden van pesten, september 2013]
[Broerstraat 5: Pesten doe je samen, juni 2013]
[Kennislink: Spijt! een aanrader voor elke leraar, juni 2013]
[Dagblad van het Noorden: Bekijk Spijt! met de hele klas, juni 2013]
[Dagblad van het Noorden: Het veiligste land ter wereld, juni 2013]
[Eén Vandaag: Aanpak pesten: gaat het werken?, maart 2013]
[NRC Handelsblad: Het enige dat werkt: de hele groep aanpakken, maart 2013]
[Trouw: Leraar moet meer zicht krijgen op de sociale kaart van de klas, maart 2013]
[Prima Onderwijs: Staat, leerlingen, leerkrachten, ouders en wetenschappers vormen vuist tegen pesten!, maart 2013]
[Omroep West: De overheid moet scholen stimuleren om gebruik te maken van de juiste anti-pestprogramma's, februari 2013]
[Stentor: Pesten: toekijken is er niet meer bij, februari 2013]
[VO Magazine: Pesten past niet op een veilige school, februari 2013]
[Eén Vandaag: Onderzoek pesten: Interview met René Veenstra, februari 2013]
[Universiteitskrant: Sommigen zijn gewoon de lul. Toch?, januari 2013]
[NRC Handelsblad: Nu strijdt ook Dolfje Weerwolfje tegen pestkoppen, januari 2013]
[Dit is de Dag Radio 1: (On)zin van weerbaarheidstrainingen, december 2012]
[NRC Next: Een pestkop heeft altijd helpers, december 2012]
[Dagblad van het Noorden: Weten hoe het kind ervoor staat, december 2012]
[Radio Noord: Pesten nog altijd probleem op veel scholen, december 2012]
[Trouw: Hou ook sociale ontwikkeling van kind bij, december 2012]
[Telegraaf: Vijf vragen aan René Veenstra, december 2012]
[BNR Nieuwsradio: Scholen moeten met een anti-pestbeleid komen, december 2012]
[NRC Handelsblad: Pesten doe je nooit alleen: Een drama voor zes spelers, november 2012] [Illustratie op voorkant bijlage Mens]
[Unifocus: Kijken naar probleemgedrag, november 2012]
[Algemeen Dagblad: Niet het kind, maar zijn gedrag is slecht, november 2012]
[Jeugdjournaal: Veel reacties op verdrietige advertentie, november 2012]
[NOS Radio 1: Moeilijk voor leerkrachten om pesten te herkennen, november 2012]
[Onderwijsblad: Pesten speelt op alle scholen, in elke klas, november 2012]
[Besturenraad: Pesten tegengaan: ‘Veel is afhankelijk van de leerkracht’, november 2012]
[Dagblad van het Noorden: Zelfmoord door pesten zeldzaam, november 2012]
[NOS journaal: Compliment helpt tegen pesten, september 2012]
[Jeugdjournaal: Minder pesten door KiVa?, september 2012]
[Pavlov Radio: Pesten bij apen en kinderen, september 2012]
[NOS Radio 1: Over de rellen in Haren: Jongeren willen vooral gewoon lol maken, september 2012]
[NRC Handelsblad: Pestkoppen zijn populair, maar niet geliefd, september 2012]
[Beter Begeleiden: Het KiVa-antipestprogramma: Pesten los je op in de groep, september 2012]
[Dagblad van het Noorden: Van pesten is nog nooit iemand beter geworden, december 2011]
[Kennislink: Pesten is nooit gezond. Pesten los je op in de groep, december 2011]
[Algemeen Dagblad: Verband tussen digipesten en gewoon pesten, oktober 2011]
[Didaktief: Het lekkere van pesten (Edward van de Vendel), juni 2011]
[Radio 5 - De Andere Wereld: Wie stopt de pestkoppen?, mei 2011]
[NRC Handelsblad: In het tv-programma Gepest keren getraumatiseerden terug naar hun jeugd en worden geconfronteerd met de beulen van weleer, mei 2011]
[NRC Handelsblad: Pijn pesten komt over, ondanks snelle montage, mei 2011]
[RTL.NL: Over het programma Gepest, mei 2011]
[RTL4 Editie NL: Pestkop nooit uitgepest, april 2011]
[Parool: Pestkoppen zijn ook slecht af, februari 2011]
[Jeugdjournaal Magazine: Je bent 'n pestkop / Je hebt 'n pestkop, februari 2011}
[RUG Magazine: TRAILS, een generatie jongeren in beeld, februari 2011}
[Hoe?Zo! Radio: Stoppen met pesten, januari 2011]
[Dagblad van het Noorden: RUG start aanpak pesten op scholen, januari 2011]
[Radio Drenthe: Nieuwe anti-pestmethode op basisscholen, januari 2011]
[TV Drenthe: Nieuwe anti-pestmethode op basisscholen, januari 2011]
[Radio Noord: Teveel anti-pestprogramma's, januari 2011]
[SBS, Australië: Stop de wildgroei van anti-pestprogramma’s]
[Dagblad van het Noorden: Universiteit wil pesten op scholen terugdringen, januari 2011]
[RUG Opinie: Stop de wildgroei van anti-pestprogramma’s, januari 2011]
[Viva: Helpt een pestprotocol?, oktober 2010]
[Kennislink: Pestkop pest om populair te worden, augustus 2010]
[Didaktief: Een evidence based antipestprogramma, maart 2010]
[Kennislink: Klassikale aanpak van pesten werkt, augustus 2010]
[Hoe?Zo! Radio: Pieter van der Wielen in gesprek met René Veenstra, maart 2010]
[Telegraaf: Help mijn kind wordt gepest, maart 2010]
[CCV: Anti-pestprogramma wint Europese prijs voor criminaliteitspreventie, december 2009]
[Bij de les: Let op jonge spijbelaar, november 2009]
[NU.nl: Helft van spijbelaars heeft gescheiden ouders, augustus 2009]
[Kennislink: Goede band met leerkrachten en ouders voorkomt spijbelen, augustus 2009]
[Kennislink: Studentenleven begonnen, augustus 2009]
[BN/DESTEM: Pesten, april 2009]
[Adams Appel: TRAILS, november 2008]
[Didaktief: Aantrekkelijk en asociaal maakt populair, december 2007]
[Kennislink: Pestkoppen, verdedigers en slachtoffers, november 2007]
[Staatscourant: Elke soort probleemjeugd een eigen aanpak, oktober 2007]
[Triakel: Omgeving en aanleg oorzaak probleemgedrag en depressie, oktober 2004]

 

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