Kirsten Visser's research while affiliated with Utrecht University and other places

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Young minority men from low-income neighbourhoods are often perceived as a uniform, disaffected group with antipathy towards mainstream education and occupations, while their own experiences are generally overlooked. Through in-depth interviews, we investigated how 14 minority young men (aged 16-23) from low-income neighbourhoods experience and nav...
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Recently, post-socialist inner cities have been transforming through various processes of revitalisation and gentrification. The resulting physical and social contrasts of neighbouring localities lead to the spatial fragmentation of inner-city areas that may produce variegated effects on the everyday life of local residents. This paper examines how...
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This study examined socioeconomic disparities in changes in adolescent mental health between fall 2019 (pre‐COVID‐19), spring 2020 (initial COVID‐19 phase), and fall 2020 (prevailing COVID‐19 phase). Using data from 1,429 adolescents (Mage = 17.9) from tertiary vocational schools in the Netherlands with n=386 participating in all three waves, linea...
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Since the beginning of 2020, the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) and its lockdowns have changed the current lives of young people drastically. Given the importance of future orientations for young people’s mental well-being, it is important to investigate if and how this lockdown affected young people’s future orientations. In this study, 34 Dutch y...
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This study examined associations between characteristics of the residential neighbourhood and the school and adolescent mental health, including the moderating role of family socioeconomic status (SES) and family support. Nationally representative Dutch data from adolescents aged 12–16 (N = 6422) were analysed through cross-classified multilevel mo...
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This systematic review discusses 25 recent studies (from 2000 to 2019, 13 quantitative and 12 qualitative) on the associations between neighbourhood characteristics and outdoor play of children (7–14 years old). Both physical and social contexts are shown to influence outdoor play, though studies differ on which elements matter most. Play‐friendly...
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Purpose. The social gradient in adolescent mental health is well established: adolescents’ socioeconomic status (SES) is negatively associated with their mental health. However, de-spite changes in social cognition during adolescence, and theory and evidence that SES, so-cial cognitions, and adolescent mental health are associated, little is known...
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Purpose A social gradient in adolescent mental health exists: adolescents with higher socioeconomic status (SES) have fewer mental health problems than their peers with lower SES. Little is known about whether adolescents’ societal beliefs play a role in this social gradient. Belief in a just world (BJW) may be a mediator or moderator of the social...
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This study examined socioeconomic disparities in changes in late adolescents’ mental health between fall 2019, spring 2020, and fall 2020. Using data from 1,429 adolescents (Mage = 17.9) from tertiary vocational schools in the Netherlands, linear and latent basis growth curve models were assessed and multigroup analyses conducted. Results showed a...
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The coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak has changed the lives of young people all around the world drastically. Because young people’s future orientations are shaped by current experiences, COVID-19 and its social and economic consequences may impact young people’s future orientations. This study explored whether and how COVID-19 has affected y...
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Since the growth of research into neighbourhood effects on young people’s health in the 1980s, there have been major societal changes and scientific methodological advancements. In this systematic review we will, therefore, discuss the recent (>2009) literature on the association between neighbourhood deprivation and young people’s (0-19 years old)...
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Purpose. A social gradient in adolescent mental health exists: adolescents with higher so-cioeconomic status (SES) have fewer mental health problems than their peers with lower SES. Little is known about whether adolescents’ societal beliefs play a role in this social gradient. Belief in a just world (BJW) may be a mediator or moderator of the soci...
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In recent decades, many Dutch municipalities have adopted policies of urban restructuring in deprived neighbourhoods. These policies lead to the forced relocation of the families living in the original social housing. As these families have priority in the housing market, the forced relocation is often seen as an opportunity to move to a better nei...
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The United Kingdom, as most other West European countries, is being confronted with increasing diversity in terms of ethnicity, language, religion and identity. Questions on the desirability and possibility of a multicultural society are a topic of debate. In the last decade, the public debate has increasingly centred on young people from immigrant...

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... Still, distinctive studies on children with pre-pandemic risks are scarce to date and limited in their study approaches and age groups (e.g., Adegboye et al., 2021;Vallejo-Slocker et al., 2020;Stevens et al., 2022). In particular, the distinctive studies on younger children exclusively analyzed parent survey data on child socio-emotional distress. ...
... Evidence suggests that while ethnic minorities, men and older people suffered disproportionate adverse physical health effects from the virus, women and younger people experienced impacts on their mental health, employment (present and future) and isolation (Katikireddi et al., 2021). Impacts on the everyday lives, opportunities, and future orientations of young people have also been reported (Henkens et al., 2022;Torbenfeldt Bengtsson et al., 2021), as well as the uneven effects for low-income families. Research in the UK and Sweden has highlighted deepening social inequalities linked to policy and welfare related changes that have pushed more families into financial crisis and impacted on mental health (e.g. ...
... Children spend most of their daily lives in school (Brons, Bolt, Helbich, Visser, & Stevens, 2022). Thus, it seems imperative to integrate nature-oriented design into schoolyards to provide opportunities to enhance children's day-to-day exposure to green spaces (Bikomeye, Balza, & Beyer, 2021;Van Dijk-Wesselius, Maas, Hovinga, Van Vugt, & Van den Berg, 2018). ...
... Previous work on urban environments and child movement behaviors, including OFP, has often focused on middle childhood and youth, as parental supervision decreases and independent mobility increases [17]. Several recent reviews examined correlates of outdoor play, time, or physical activity [18][19][20][21], considering broader age ranges [18][19][20], older ages [21], or exclusively qualitative [18] or quantitative evidence [19,20,22]. Lambert et al. [19] found moderate evidence that lower traffic volumes, yard access, and neighborhood greenness was associated with outdoor time in early to midchildhood and adolescence. ...
... Perceiving one's own life as typically fair has been connected with subjective well-being (Correia et al., 2009), hope for the future (Dalbert, 1999;Liu, 2020) and is negatively associated with mental health concerns (Hoolihan & Thomas, 2020;Weinberg et al., 2020). A recent literature review highlighted the multiple adaptive outcomes of a higher P-BJW (Bartholomaeus & Strelan, 2019). ...
... Previous research also showed that socio-demographic factors, such as family structure and socioeconomic status, may be important for levels of adolescent mental health and substance use at each time point, but do not explain over-time changes (Collishaw, Goodman, Pickles, & Maughan, 2007). Studies examining the effect of socio-demographic factors on pandemic-related changes in adolescent mental health have reported mixed results (Hu & Qian, 2021;Stevens et al., 2021). Further research on trends in possible explanatory factors and adolescent mental health, both within and between countries, is needed. ...
... This unfamiliarity may cause anxiety, fear, and feelings of low confidence, especially for older adults living in low-SES neighborhoods. Previous studies on Western populations have found that low-SES neighborhoods suffer from limited access to public services and facilities, as well as low levels of social trust, social interaction, and collective efficacy [47,48]. Internet use can help older adults to reach out to social contacts beyond the physical boundaries of the neighborhood, thus potentially improving their mental health [34,46]. ...
... For example, studies with Turkish families living in Germany show that the transmission of collectivism and achievement values from the first-generation to their children are crucial in supporting family adaptation in the migration context (Phalet & Schönpflug, 2001). This finding challenges the dichotomy of origin and destination (Ho, 2008), meaning that young people live their lives between different cultural fields rather than having to choose between two dichotomous life trajectories and identities (Visser, 2017). It also means that individuals are situated between a number of competing 'generational, ideological and moral reference points' (Levitt, 2009(Levitt, , p. 1238) that influence the transmission of cultural norms and values from one generation to the next (Idema & Phalet, 2007;Mohammad, 2015). ...