Research

PhD project “The co-evolution of well-being and the kinship network after parental divorce”

The purpose of my PhD project is (1) to investigate the co-evolution of the kinship network and the well-being of its members after parental divorce and (2) to identify detrimental and beneficial conditions affecting family members’ well-being. The kinship network refers to the network of relationships between parents, children, grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, and potential stepfamily. Loyalty conflicts among affective ties, substitution mechanisms among support ties, and the multiplexity and multifunctionality of the kinship network will be studied with regard to social and physical well-being. Contextual moderations of this will be investigated for divorced and non-divorced families. Longitudinal sociometric data of complete kinship networks will be collected and analysed with recently developed methods.