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Register NOW for EARA 2018 and do not forget to book your room! Also join us in the conference dinner & party on Friday 14 September!


  • Interesting preconference workshops available on September 12! Check out here!
  • EARA-EADP-SRA Summerschool will take place September 9 to 12 (just before the conference!), in Drongen Abbey close to Ghent! All information here!

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 Confirmed invited symposium chairs:

The overall theme of this XVI biennial meeting of EARA is: “Nurturing adolescent growth”. Starting from a positive view on adolescence and recognizing that adolescence is a not only a period of risk but also an age of opportunity, we invite papers, posters and symposia that highlight positive youth development. Although we welcome contributions on any topic relevant to adolescent development (including risk for psychopathology), we particularly call for research dealing with features of adaptive development (e.g., prosocial behavior, adequate emotion regulation, personality maturity, social competence, identity strength, resilience) and contextual support for such positive development (e.g., high-quality parenting, supportive teacher-adolescent relationships, secure peer and romantic relationships).

Wim Beyers, Bart Soenens & Maarten Vansteenkiste, chairs of the organizing committee, together with all colleagues of Developmental Psychology at Ghent University.