Vera de Bel

Vera de Bel

Dre en sociologie, post-doctorante

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PostDoc Project "CH-X"

  • University of Geneva, Switzerland
  • Swiss Centre of Expertise in Life Course Research (LIVES)

I am currently working on a project about the personal networks of young adults in Switzerland. We aim to study which social capital matters for young adults’ educational attainment and their entrance to the labour market.

PhD Project "The ripple effect in family networks. Relational structures and well-being in divorced and non-divorced families"

  • University of Groningen, the Netherlands
  • Interuniversity Center for Social Science Theory and Methodology (ICS)

The divorce rate in Europe has doubled over the last 50 years. My 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., grandparents and aunts/uncles, and their relationships with the nuclear family. At the same time, extended family members can be an important source of support for nuclear family members after parental divorce. My thesis contains a number of studies on family network data from datasets collected by other researchers, as well as the first study on Lifelines Family Ties. The thesis also provides a description of the design and collection of this multi-actor family network data set that was carried out specifically for the research question in this thesis in collaboration with the multi-generational cohort study Lifelines.

If you wish to receive a free a hard-copy version of my thesis, don’t hesitate to contact me. You can download the digital version of my thesis using this link: https://doi.org/10.33612/diss.126812050

Publications in the UNIGE's Open Archive


Former publications

  • de Bel, V. (2020). Kringen in de vijver van het familienetwerk. Sociologie Magazine, 28(3), 30–31.
  • de Bel, V. (2020). The ripple effect in family networks. Relational structures and well-being in divorced and non-divorced families [University of Groningen]. doi:10.33612/diss.126812050
  • de Bel, V., & Van Gasse, D. (2020). Knotting the safety net. A multi-actor family network approach in divorce research. In D. Mortelmans (Ed.), Divorce in Europe. New insights in trends, causes and consequences of relation break-ups. (1st ed., p. 357). Cham, Switzerland: Springer. doi:10.1007/978-3-030-25838-2
  • de Bel, V., Kalmijn, M., & van Duijn, M. A. J. (2019). Balance in family triads: How intergenerational relationships affect the adult sibling relationship. Journal of Family Issues, 40(18), 2707–2727. doi:10.1177/0192513X19860181
  • Spiegel, T., de Bel, V., & Steverink, N. (2016). Keeping up appearances: The role of identity concealment in the workplace among adults with degenerative eye conditions and its relationship with wellbeing and career outcomes. Disability and Rehabilitation, 38(7), 627–636. doi:10.3109/09638288.2015.1055378

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