Why should I help?  

If your child is between the ages of 12-16, we are seeking their involvement in an important study that will help us to understand more about how young people spend their free time. This will help us to identify which activities affect young people’s health and wellbeing.  

Will my child’s answers to these questionnaires be kept private?  

All data will be kept confidential. No personal information (name or identification number) will be recorded in this research and no information about individuals will be given to the schools that participate. All data will be processed anonymously. The results of this study might be presented online or in a scientific journal, but the data is not traceable to an individual.

What does participation involve?  

Children will be asked to fill out an online questionnaire every evening for a week in which they will answer questions about how they spent their leisure time during that day. This will take around 15 minutes to complete. Before the children start, we will ask them once a series of questions about other aspects of their lives such as their friendships, mood, and bullying. This will take about 30 minutes to complete.  

Your child’s participation in this survey is voluntary. If you agree to them participating in this study, you or your child can indicate at any time that you wish to withdraw, without having to give an explanation.  

How can I help?  

If your child’s school has been invited to participate in the research, a letter with a consent form will have been given to you by your child’s teacher, or you can download it here from the website. Depending on the age of you child, we may also need your consent for your child to take part in this study. Please refer to the consent form for more information.    

What if I have more questions?

If you need more information about the study, you could send an email to this address: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..      

 

Project lead: Prof. Carolien Rieffe This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  

News

Welcome our new intern

July 14, 2017

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Starting 3rd of July, Merve Aras (student at İstanbul Kemerburgaz University in Turkey) participates in our research lab under the supervision of Naqi and Carolien. During this internship, Merve will focus on the measurement of empathy in East-Asian countries. Merve is also eager to learn more about the Leiden traditions and visited a PhD defense in which Carolien acted as a committee member.

Social skills in preschool children with hearing loss

July 4, 2017

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Hearing loss can lead to delayed development of social skills. However, this is mostly investigated in children with higher level of hearing loss; to what extent would unilateral or mild bilateral hearing loss (UMHL) affect the development of such skills? Nina Laugen examined this topic from Norway, and Carolien was involved from Leiden. They investigated the question by comparing between preschool children with UMHL, with moderate-to-severe hearing loss, and with normal hearing. The findings have just been published by Deafness & Education International. You can read the article here, or download the PDF directly here.

Peer feedback endorses prosocial behavior in adolescent boys with and without autism

May 12, 2017

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Peers have been known as a powerful source of socialization. When children enter into adolescence, the influence of the peer group extends as it becomes a focus in the social world. However, so far the literature focused only on typically developing populations. It remains unclear whether and to what extent adolescents with autism are influenced by their peers. For better or for worse?

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