Vera de BelUniversity of Turku | UTU · INVEST
Vera de Bel
Senior Researcher at INVEST, the University of Turku & the Netherlands Interdisciplinary Demographic Institute (NIDI)
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Working as a senior Researcher at the University of Turku, Finland & Netherlands Interdisciplinary Demographic Institute (NIDI). Researching social networks, fertility and wellbeing in ageing populations (NetResilience).
This research focuses on ambivalence in family networks and presents a framework for investigating how triadic configurations, beyond specific dyads, may affect individual outcomes such as well-being. First, the paper introduces the ambivalent triad census, counting the frequencies of 18 non-isomorphic triads in which ties can be positive, negative...
The divorce rate in Europe has doubled over the last 50 years. This thesis investigates why some families fare better than others after parental divorce in terms of relationship quality and family well-being. Parental divorce not only affects the nuclear family, i.e., parents and children, but also affects extended family members, i.e., grandparent...
Drawing on three theories in sociology, this chapter presents a theoretical framework for studying the consequences of parental divorce for the structure of relationships within the nuclear family and between nuclear and extended family members. First, interdependence as defined in family systems theory (FST) is explained. Second, the configuration...
In order to understand the interdependency between intergenerational and adult sibling relationships, a family systems perspective is applied to identify a smaller—empirically analyzable—relational unit of analysis, that is, the sibling–parent–sibling triad. Using balance theory, triadic configurations are derived that represent enhancement, compen...
This study aims to describe the interplay between the work trajectories and the passing patterns of individuals with degenerative eye conditions in different phases of their career, as well as the disease progression and the career and well-being outcomes associated with different works and passing trajectories. Qualitative interviews on the topic...
From February, 2020, I work as a PostDoc at the University of Geneva, with prof. dr. Eric Widmer, on the LIVES project: "Personal Networks of Young Adults in Switzerland: Which social capital matters for their educational attainment and entrance to the labour market?".
The purpose of my PhD project is (1) to investigate the co-evolution of the kinship network and the well-being of its members after parental divorce and (2) to identify detrimental and beneficial conditions affecting family members’ well-being. The kinship network refers to the network of relationships between parents, children, grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, and potential stepfamily. Loyalty conflicts among affective ties, substitution mechanisms among support ties, and the multiplexity and multifunctionality of the kinship network will be studied with regard to social and physical well-being. Contextual moderations of this will be investigated for divorced and non-divorced families. Longitudinal sociometric data of complete kinship networks will be collected and analysed with recently developed methods.