Family life in Covid times: Turkish-Dutch families in the Netherlands and Turkish families in Turkey

13/05/2022 13:00

Families are complex as there are many interrelated dynamics that are at play increasing the complexities of family functioning. As a result, child developmental outcomes, both problem behaviors, and competence need to be understood based on how these dynamics manifest their effects through parenting, couple relationships, family functioning, parental mental health, and support families receive from their social and relational contexts as well as children's unique personality characteristics. In this talk, first, I will talk about children's problem behaviors and competence as a function of family dynamics pre-pandemic era drawing on family data in Turkey. In the second part of the talk, I will discuss family dynamics, child outcomes, and how families negotiate roles and responsibilities during a crisis that we all faced after the outbreak of the pandemic drawing on data on Turkish and Turkish Dutch families.


Dr. Ayşegül Metindoğan is an assistant professor at Boğaziçi University teaching in the Primary Education Department since 2008. She completed her master's and doctorate degrees at Syracuse University, College of Human Ecology in the Department of Child and Family Studies, and another master's in Clinical Psychology at Bilgi University while working at Boğaziçi University. Her work focuses on Family Dynamics, Parenting and Child Developmental Outcomes, Children's readiness to learn, Mastery motivation, Self-regulation, Gender, Culture, Martial and Couple Relationships just to list a few. She had worked at the State University of New York at Oswego (SUNY-Oswego) in Psychology Department before her work at Boğaziçi University and worked as a visiting researcher at Utrecht University between fall 2019 and fall 2020 as a visiting assistant professor conducting research with Turkish Dutch and Expat families in the Netherlands.

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