Our research team is interested in the role that everyday family life plays in mental and physical health in family systems. The biomedical health model - health as the absence of disease - still prevalent in the 19th century has now been replaced by the biopsychosocial model. This model directs attention from previously primarily biological to psychological and social aspects of health. Our research aims at identifying the underlying mechanisms of social interactions on health, especially how they unfold in the everyday family environment. In three research lines we investigate

  1. how interpersonal stress regulation in the context of everyday couple and family environments can undermine or protect health
  2. how ecological sampling and intensive longitudinal methods can be used to analyze dynamic family systems’ data,
  3. and, ultimately, how (and for whom) the identified mechanisms can be translated into effective prevention and intervention measures.

You can find further information on current projects, publications and the topics of our research colloquia.