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Father absence and consequences for reproductive behaviour and psychosocial development among Caribbean, Caribbean-Dutch and native Dutch youth

Father absence and consequences for reproductive behaviour and psychosocial development among Caribbean, Caribbean-Dutch and native Dutch youth (2017) funded by NWO, €599.000, Prof. Timmerman, Dr. Kretschmer & Dr. Van Bergen (SYY).

This project shows our interest in intercultural issues regarding parenting and psychosocial development of children and in the use of a mixed-methods approach. It examines outcomes of father absence during childhood with respect to reproductive behaviour and psychosocial development in middle and late adolescence. Potential pathways include parent-child relationships, pubertal maturation and intra-sexual competition. We plan to study these links among Curacaoan youth on Curacao and Curacaoan-Dutch and native Dutch youth in the Netherlands to elucidate whether cultural standards moderate such supposedly evolutionary processes. To this end, we plan to collect quantitative data of 1200 young people (400 in Curacao, 800 in the Netherlands) by means of a digital online survey, using identical questionnaires in all contexts. Further, we will collect qualitative data from 45 adolescents and their mothers focusing on mechanisms through which father absence affects development, by means of in-depth interviews in the three groups, addressing the meaning of father absence to youth and their parents and responses from the sociocultural environment to father absence.

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