Vera de Bel

Vera de Bel


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PostDoc: CH-X

The next two years I will be working on the CH-X (https://www.chx.ch/) project, which is about personal networks of young adults in Switzerland. I will be working on the question which social capital matters for young adults’ educational attainment and entrance to the labour market. I will also be teaching the Social Networks Analysis seminar.

PhD: The ripple effect in family networks?
Relational structures and well-being in divorced and non-divorced families

In my PhD at the University of Groningen, I investigated four relational structures (balance, ambivalence, substitution and multi-functional relationships) in divorced and non-divorced family networks and I collected multi-actor family network data (Lifelines Family Ties) among children, parents, grandparents and aunts and uncles. I conclude that parental divorce not only affects the relationship between parents and their children, but also the relationships with other family members and their well-being. Because family relationships are interdependent, parental divorce has a ripple effect on the family network.


  • 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
  • de Bel, V. (2015). The co-evolution of well-being and the kinship network after parental divorce: the pilot study. University of Groningen. Retrieved from https://gmw.studenttheses.ub.rug.nl/22791/

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