Peer Relations Lab Group

In this research group, we explore the significance of peer relations in developing children and adolescents' cognitive, emotional and social growth. By studying the interactions and experiences shared among young individuals, we aim to understand the diverse skills, attitudes, and influences acquired within peer groups.


Our research delves into a wide range of critical topics, including bullying and victimisation, classroom climate, automatic processes, social statuses such as popularity and likeability, social media and online peer interactions, internalising and externalising behaviour, social connectedness and loneliness, social goals and social cognitions, interpersonal proximity in the classroom, teacher impact on social relations, peer influence, interpersonal peer problems, and eating behaviour.

Research methods

Our research group utilises diverse methods to investigate various aspects of peer relations, including bullying, classroom climate, social media interactions, social status, and more. We examine these subjects and intervene in these processes by utilising various research methods to gain comprehensive insights.

Research Projects

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Project Veilig op School

The VOS research project focuses on classroom social climate, examining the influence of children's and teachers' gut feelings. In addition, class composition is also studied.

Nijmegen longitudinal study

The NLS has been following children since 1998 to examine the influence of parent and peer interactions on their development. This includes looking at interactions with temperament and personality traits at different ages.

Contact information


Maria Montessori building

Thomas Van Aquinostraat 4
6525GD Nijmegen
06 31132448
Postal address
Postbus 9104