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Specialized in adolescent peer relationships and bullying

Welcome to my website!

My name is Lydia Laninga-Wijnen. I am a researcher and university teacher, specialized in adolescent peer relationships and bullying. My mission is to identify how peers can help adolescents in adverse circumstances, for instance, when they are being bullied. I have started up my own research line in which I examine whether being defended either helps or hurts victims of bullying. The main aim of this project is to identify Success factors that Optimize the Long-term Impact of Defending.

More about my project (SOLID)

A Small Selection of my Activities as Researcher and University Teacher

    Current Affiliations

    My main position is at the University of Turku (Finland) at the INVEST flagship of the Department of Psychology. Here, I work as Senior Research Fellow on the SOLID project and the CHALLENGE project.

    I am also affiliated with the University of Groningen (The Netherlands) at the department of Sociology, where I work on the Meaningful Roles project and fulfill several teaching tasks. I am data manager of the SNARE Project of Utrecht University (The Netherlands), Interdisciplinary Social Science.