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Batstra, Prof. Laura

Laura Batstra
Laura Batstra

Laura Batstra (1973) graduated cum laude in psychology in 1997. She then joined the University Medical Center Groningen as a psychologist, where she worked on various projects in the field of indirect patient care. At the end of 2004 she was awarded a PhD for her thesis ‘Difficult Birth, Difficult Life?’ She went on to work as a treating psychologist at an institution for child and youth psychiatry.
In 2010, Dr Batstra joined the Orthopedagogy department at the University of Groningen where, among other things, she teaches Psychopathology in Children and Adolescents. In her teaching she is able to draw on her experience as a therapist and on her academic research.

Batstra’s fields of research include methods for preventing over-diagnosis without risking under-treatment. ‘In many cases involving children perceived as problematic, the child can be spared the negative effects of a psychiatric diagnosis if help and support is offered to adults in that child’s environment.’ 2012 saw the publication of Batstra’s book ‘ Hoe voorkom je ADHD? Door de diagnose niet te stellen ’ (‘How can ADHD be prevented? By not diagnosing it.’), in which she advocates a new approach to ADHD problems.

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te Meerman, S., Freedman, J. E., & Batstra, L. (2022). ADHD and reification: Four ways a psychiatric construct is portrayed as a disease. Frontiers in Psychiatry, 13, [1055328].
Batstra, L., van Roy, A. C. M., & Thoutenhoofd, E. D. (2022). Corrigendum: Teachers with Special Needs. De-Psychiatrization of Children in Schools(Front Sociol., (2021), 6, (781057), 10.3389/fsoc.2021.781057). Frontiers in Sociology, 6, [836331].
van Dijk, E., van Tol, D., Diemers, A. D., Wienen, A., & Batstra, L. (2022). Sick or Sad? A Qualitative Study on How Dutch GPs Deal With Sadness Complaints Among Young Adults. Frontiers in Sociology, 6, [765814].


Batstra, L., van Roy, M., & Thoutenhoofd, E. D. (2021). Teachers with Special Needs. De-Psychiatrization of Children in Schools. Frontiers in Sociology, 6, [781057].


te Meerman, S., Batstra, L., Freedman, J., Hoekstra, R., & Grietens, H. (2020). ADHD and brain anatomy: What do academic textbooks used in the Netherlands tell students? Children & Society, 34(2), 136-150.
te Meerman, S., Batstra, L., Freedman, J., Hoekstra, R., & Grietens, H. (2020). ADHD and brain anatomy: First do no harm! Sociology Lens.
Batstra, L. (2020). ADHD-richtlijnen: Kind en de (ortho)pedagogiek voorop! De Pedagoog, 2020(3), 12-13.
Batstra, L., & Doornenbal, J. (2020). De opvoedingsomgeving versterken: Een decennium Druk & Dwars. PIP-pedagogiek in praktijk, (116).
Batstra, L. (2020). Handleiding groepstraining educatieve professionals voor het omgaan met druk en dwars gedrag op de groep.
Batstra, L. (2020). Passend Onderwijs: Anders handelen vereist Anders denken. TIB: Tijdschrift Intern Begeleiders, 2020(5).
Batstra, L., & Thoutenhoofd, E. D. (2020). The lack of common sense in disorder thinking. Sociology Lens.
Batstra, L., Foget, L., van Haeringen, C., Meerman, S. T., & Thoutenhoofd, E. D. (2020). What children and young people learn about ADHD from youth information books: A text analysis of nine books on ADHD available in Dutch. Scandinavian journal of child and adolescent psychiatry and psychology, 8, 1-9.


Sluiter, M. N., de Vries, Y. A., Koning, L. G., Hak, E., Bos, J. H. J., Schuiling-Veninga, C. C. M., Batstra, L., Doornenbal, J. M., & de Jonge, P. (2020). A Prescription Trend Analysis of Methylphenidate: Relation to Study Reports on Efficacy. Administration and Policy in Mental Health and Mental Health Services Research , 47(2), 291–299.
te Meerman, S., Batstra, L., Hoekstra, R., & Grietens, H. (2019). Academic textbooks on ADHD genetics: Balanced or biased? (vol 12, 1305590, 2017). International journal of qualitative studies on health and well-Being, 14(1), [1616433].
Sluiter, M. N., Wienen, A. W., Thoutenhoofd, E. D., Doornenbal, J. M., & Batstra, L. (2019). Teachers' role and attitudes concerning ADHD medication: A qualitative analysis. Psychology in the schools, 56(8 ), 1259-1270.
Wienen, A. W., Sluiter, M. N., Thoutenhoofd, E., de Jonge, P., & Batstra, L. (2019). The advantages of an ADHD classification from the perspective of teachers. European Journal of Special Needs Education, 34(5), 649-662.


Wienen, A. W., Batstra, L., Thoutenhoofd, E., Bos, E. H., & de Jonge, P. (2019). Do troublesome pupils impact teacher perception of the behaviour of their classmates? European Journal of Special Needs Education, 34(1), 114-123.
Wienen, A. W., Reijnders, I., van Aggelen, M. H., Bos, E. H., Batstra, L., & de Jonge, P. (2019). The relative impact of school‐wide positive behavior support on teachers’ perceptions of student behavior across schools, teachers, and students. Psychology in the schools, 56(2), 232-241.
Wubs, D., Batstra, L., & Grietens, H. (2018). Balancing between care-giving and professionalism: Women's narratives on fostering a victim of maternal sexual abuse. Child and Family Social Work, 23(4), 757-764.
Wubs, D., Batstra, L., & Grietens, H. W. E. (2018). Speaking With and Without Words-An Analysis of Foster Children's Expressions and Behaviors That Are Suggestive of Prior Sexual Abuse. Journal of Child Sexual Abuse, 27(1), 70-87.
Wienen, A. W., Batstra, L., Thoutenhoofd, E., de Jonge, P., & Bos, E. H. (2018). Teachers' perceptions of behavioral problems in Dutch primary education pupils: The role of relative age. PLoS ONE, 13(10), [0204718].
Batstra, L. (2018). Van psychiatrische kinderziekten naar sociale en maatschappelijke problemen. In D. Graas, A. de Klein, J. Stevens, T. Jansen, & G. van Nunen (Eds.), Écht doen wat nodig is: Pleidooi voor kleinschalige effectieve jeugdhulp Stichting Beroepseer.
Batstra, L. (2018). Wat is er mis met een stoornis? Passend Onderwijs Magazine, 6(3), 6-9.


te Meerman, S., Batstra, L., Grietens, H., & Frances, A. (2017). ADHD: A critical update For educational professionals. Int J Qual Stud Health Well-being , 12(1), [1298267].
Batstra, L. (2017). ADHD: Macht en Misverstanden. Lucht.
Batstra, L. (2017). ADHD en hersenen: First do no harm! GZ-Psychologie, 9, 30-32.
Batstra, L. (2017). Meneer Ten Brug. In Hoera, ik sta voor de klas! (4 ed., pp. 14-16). Quirijn.
te Meerman, S., Batstra, L., Hoekstra, R., & Grietens, H. (2017). Study books on ADHD genetics: balanced or biased? International journal of qualitative studies on health and well-Being, 12, [1305590].
Batstra, L., Te Meerman, S., Conners, K., & Frances, A. (2017). Subcortical brain volume differences in participants with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder in children and adults. The Lancet. Psychiatry, 4(6), 439.
Foget, L., van Haeringen, C., te Meerman, S., & Batstra, L. (2017). Wat leert de jeugd van educatieve kinderboeken en ADHD? Orthopedagogiek: Onderzoek en Praktijk, 56(9-10), 170-182.


Wubs, S., Grietens, H., & Batstra, L. (2016). Family narratives on fostering a child with a history of sexual abuse. Abstract from EUSARF 2016, Oviedo, Spain.
te Meerman, S., Batstra, L., Hoekstra, R., & Grietens, H. (2016). Selective quantitative writing on ADHD genetics in study books: A critical analysis. Abstract from EUSARF 2016, Oviedo, Spain.


Batstra, L., Nieweg, E. H., Engelsman, R. C. A., & Hadders-Algra, M. (2015). Een 'stepped diagnosis' aanpak voor drukke dwarse en dromerige kinderen. In S. Vandamme (Ed.), Van nu en straks: Over toekomstdenken (pp. 81-92). Academia Press.


Krabbe, E., Thoutenhoofd, E., Conradi, M., Pijl, S., & Batstra, L. (2014). Birth months as predictor of ADHD medication use in Dutch school classes. European Journal of Special Needs Education, 29(4), 571-578.
Batstra, L., Nieweg, E. H., Pijl, S., Van Tol, D. G., & Hadders-Algra, M. (2014). Childhood ADHD: A Stepped Diagnosis Approach. Journal of Psychiatric Practice, 20(3), 169-177.
Postma-Van der Woude, P., van Joolingen, J., & Batstra, L. (2014). De visie op ADHD, standvastig of beïnvloedbaar? Orthopedagogiek: Onderzoek en Praktijk, 53(10).
Batstra, L., Nieweg, E. H., Engelsman, R. C. A., & Hadders-Algra, M. (2014). Een ‘Stepped Diagnosis’ aanpak voor drukke, dwarse en dromerige kinderen. Orthopedagogiek: Onderzoek en Praktijk, 53(10), 409.
Batstra, L., Nieweg, E. H., & Hadders-Algra, M. (2014). Exploring five common assumptions on Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. Acta Paediatrica, 103(7), 696-700.
Batstra, L., & te Meerman, S. (2014). Handleiding groepscursus voor ouders van kinderen met druk en dwars gedrag.
Wubs, D., Grietens, H., & Batstra, L. (2014). Project Iris - Caring for a sexually abused foster child.. 285. Paper presented at EUSARF 2014 'Making a difference', Copenhagen, Denmark.


Thomas, R., Mitchell, G. K., & Batstra, L. (2013). Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder: are we helping or harming? BMJ-British Medical Journal, 347, [6172].
Batstra, L. (2013). Epiloog. In I. Devisch (Ed.), Ziek van gezondheid. Voor elk probleem een pil? (pp. 149-162). De Bezige Bij.
Krabbe, E., Batstra, L., Conradi, M., & Pijl, S-J. (2013). Jong gedrag vaak verward met ADHD. Medisch Contact, 68(23), 1241-1243.
Thoutenhoofd, E., & Batstra, L. (2013). Overleeft de psychiatrie de DSM-5? De Psycholoog, 48(3), 10-17.
Batstra, L., & Frances, A. (2013). Psychiatrische overdiagnostiek voorkomen zonder onderbehandeling te riskeren. De Psycholoog, 48(6), 10-17.
Batstra, L., Thomas, R., & Mitchell, G. (2013). Regulators should do more to protect whistleblowers, commission says Reply. BMJ-British Medical Journal, 347, [7080].
Batstra, L. (2013). Stepped diagnosis in child psychiatry. Paper presented at Inclusive Education Conference, Groningen, Netherlands.
Batstra, L., & Thoutenhoofd, E. (2013). The risk that DSM-5 will further inflate the diagnostic bubble. Paper presented at Conference of the Behavioral and Social Sciences, Groningen, Netherlands.
Batstra, L. (2013). Tussen verzinsel en hersenziekte: Wat is nu écht ADHD? . JA! Tijdschrift van de Artsen(vereniging) Jeugdgezondheidszorg Nederland, 29, 7-9.
Frances, A., & Batstra, L. (2013). Why So Many Epidemics of Childhood Mental Disorder? Journal of Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics, 34(4), 291-292.


Batstra, L., Hadders-Algra, M., Nieweg, E., Van Tol, D., Pijl, S. J., & Frances, A. (2012). Childhood emotional and behavioral problems: reducing overdiagnosis without risking undertreatment. Developmental Medicine and Child Neurology, 54(6), 492-494.
Batstra, L., & Frances, A. (2012). Diagnostic Inflation Causes and a Suggested Cure. JOURNAL OF NERVOUS AND MENTAL DISEASE, 200(6), 474-479.
Batstra, L., & Frances, A. (2012). DSM-5 Further Inflates Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. JOURNAL OF NERVOUS AND MENTAL DISEASE, 200(6), 486-488.
Batstra, L. (2012). Hoe voorkom je ADHD? Door de diagnose niet te stellen. Uitgeverij Nieuwezijds.
Batstra, L., & Frances, A. (2012). Holding the Line against Diagnostic Inflation in Psychiatry. Psychotherapy and psychosomatics, 81(1), 5-10.
Nieweg, E., & Batstra, L. (2012). Medicamenteuze behandeling van ADHD bij kinderen en adolescenten. Geneesmiddelenbulletin, 46(11), 121 - 129.
Batstra, L. (2012). Red de diagnose ADHD. De Psycholoog, 47(7-8), 26 - 30.


Batstra, L. (2009). Protocol kortdurende thuisbehandeling bij ADHD en ODD.


Batstra, L., Neeleman, J., Elsinga, C., & Hadders-Algra, M. (2006). Psychiatric morbidity is related to a chain of prenatal and perinatal adversities. Early Human Development, 82(11), 721-729.


Batstra, L., Hadders-Algra, M., Ormel, J., & Neeleman, J. (2004). Obstetric optimality and emotional problems and substance use in young adulthood. Early Human Development, 80(2), 91-101.


Batstra, L., Neeleman, J., & Hadders-Algra, M. (2003). Can breast feeding modify the adverse effects of smoking during pregnancy on the child's cognitive development? Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, 57(6), 403-404.
Batstra, L., Hadders-Algra, M., & Neeleman, J. (2003). Effect of antenatal exposure to maternal smoking on behavioural problems and academic achievement in childhood: prospective evidence from a Dutch birth cohort. Early Human Development, 75(1-2), 21-33.
Batstra, L., Neeleman, J., & Hadders-Algra, M. (2003). The neurology of learning and behavioural problems in pre-adolescent children. Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica, 108(2), 92-100.


Batstra, L., van de Wiel, HBM., & Schuiling, GA. (2002). Opinions about 'unexplained subfertility'. Journal of Psychosomatic Obstetrics and Gynecology, 23(4), 211-214.
Batstra, L., Bos, EH., & Neeleman, J. (2002). Quantifying psychiatric comorbidity - Lessions from chronic disease epidemiology. Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology, 37(3), 105-111.
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