Current Projects

Values of Children Project

The Value of Children and Intergenerational Relations Project is a replication and extension of the original VOC-studies carried out in the 1970s (e.g., Arnold et al., 1975). Currently, 19 are participating in the project, and nearly all regions of the world are represented. Local cooperators contributing their cultural expertise ensure the cultural validity of procedures and results.

While the focus of the original study was primarily on the relation between socioeconomic development, reasons for and against having children, and fertility, the current study extends these questions to study the interplay of values (general and child-related) and parent-child-relationships in three generations and across cultures.

100 grandmothers, 300 mothers, 300 adolescents (14 to 17 years, 50% female). Grandmother, mother, and adolescent are members of the same family. Through this design, in addition to cohort comparisons, transmission processes from one generation to the next can be studied.

The present research focuses on the Jamaican adolescent data. Please click here for list of countries

Principal Investigators: Prof. Dr. Gisela Trommsdorff and Prof. Dr. Bernhard Nauck


Jamaican Parent-Child Relationship Project

The Jamaican Parent-Child Relationship Project is a study that investigates mother-child relationships during middle childhood. The study aims to understand the perspectives of both mothers and children regarding interactions that include intimacy, attachment, and authority based experiences. Thirty mother-child dyads participated in semi-structured interviews.

Principal Investigator: Dr. Taniesha Burke

Bullying and Cyberbullying in adolescence (netTEEN)

The netTEEN study (“How cute are teens on the Internet”) is one of the first Swiss studies that examined the issue of bullying in the real and the virtual world. Altogether 960 students of seventh grade from the cantons of Ticino, Thurgau, and Valais over 18 months were interviewed. The aim of this study is to investigate the similarities and differences between traditional bullying and cyberbullying.

Principal Investigators: Prof Dr. Sonja Perren and Dr. Fabio Sticca

Family Well-being