Why is it that young males, in particular, tend to get involved in crime? Is it because they have the "wrong" friends? Were they not socialized properly? Is it due to dispositional factors? Are there hereditary factors at work?
From the day a child is born, his family and the culture in which he’s raised have a huge impact on his socio-emotional development and psychological adjustment. As he grows up, his school and networks of friends and peers become more and more influential in his development. The two-year Master’s program in Development and Socialisation in Childhood and Adolescence (DaSCA) gives you the theoretical and methodological background to analyze this development.
Normal and Abnormal Socio-emotional Development
The program focuses on both normal and abnormal development processes. Explicit attention is given to the study of interventions and risk factors in children’s and adolescent’s cognitive and social-emotional development and adjustment. Working through the course topics, you’ll address questions such as:
- What are the early markers of development that has gone awry?
- How can we improve the way negative outcomes in children and adolescents' are prevented or treated?
This Master’s program combines advanced coursework with the development of hands-on skills.
The program is recognized as a high-quality program and has been awarded high ratings in the past years by established rankings in the Netherlands.
All courses and communications are in English. The program is designed to allow you to practice advanced English communication skills while gaining an international perspective on topics related to development and socialization. Some of the lecturers are from abroad (US, Belgium, and Croatia) or hold positions abroad (UK), and the program attracts a number of international students. You will also have the opportunity to visit English-speaking conferences held in the Netherlands that are organized by the participating research groups.
The Master’s program in Development and Socialisation in Childhood and Adolescence is designed as preparation for a Ph.D. position. By starting the program with the foundation of a Bachelor’s degree in (developmental) psychology, pedagogy, or interdisciplinary social sciences, you’ll develop into a qualified researcher with excellent job perspectives. The program is strongly driven by research, and your lecturers and supervisors will be members of the four interdisciplinary research groups in the research priority Child and Adolescent Studies (CAS).
Do you wish to pursue a professional career as a researcher outside of a university environment? This program provides training for that as well.
For students who are, in addition to research, also interested in clinical work, there is a possibility to follow a clinical track within DaSCA. As an important part of the clinical track involves a clinical internship, this track is only open for the students with a suitable BA program (i.e., containing courses on psychopathology, diagnostic assessment, interventions, and clinical skills). After following the clinical track, Dutch students can obtain the Dutch clinical starting qualification: registration as ‘basis orthopedagoog’, basic entry psychodiagnostics (BAPD) and entry requirements for further education as Health psychologist (GZ psycholoog).
International students should be aware that for a large majority of the clinical internship places, command of the Dutch language is required. We are willing to work together with you on a creative solution (such as a clinical internship in your own or in an English speaking country, Dutch international school etc.), but at this moment we cannot offer any guarantees that suitable places and qualified supervision for such clinical internships can be found.