Research projects of the Family Lab

Current research projects

Logo zwangerschapsstudieCall: Study in pregnant couples (< 3 months)

We are currently looking for heterosexual couples where the woman is pregnant for less than three months. We welcome couples with planned as well as unplanned pregnancies.
We ask both partners to complete two online questionnaires : a first questionnaire during the first trimester of the pregnancy (+/- 45 min.) and a second, shorter one during the second part of the pregnancy (+/- 5 min.). Questions encompass the decision to become parents (again) and both partners’ experiences with that decision. Participants must be able to speak Dutch.
Participation requires a request for login codes here.
More information about the study is available by or on the website 
Joke Vandamme
in cooperation with Masterstudents Jana, Valerie, Audrey
under supervision of Prof. Ann Buysse en Prof. Guy T'Sjoen


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Families in transition, transition in Families: A strategic basic research on the impact of social interventions in the judiciary, economy and education on the quality of life of families in transition.

More information here(externe link).


Goa project

 Parenthood Research: An empirical bioethics approach to parenthood after medically assisted reproduction: a combined ethical and psychological approach to understand genetic and social parenthood.

 More information here.



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We are continuously searching for couples and individuals who want to participate in future studies on romantic relationships at the 'Familylab' of Ghent University. These studies mostly consist of self-report questionnaires, diaries or interviews about the relationship. Sometimes we ask couples if we can observe their interactions. The studie are always in accordance with scientific and ethical guidelines, and after approval by a (medical) ethical committee.

Are you over 18, are you in a (heterosexual) relationship and do you like to participate in one or more of these future studies (either with or without your partner)?


You will be contacted with more information if a new study starts. Afterwards, you can decide whether you like to participate or not.



Past research projects


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Sexpert - Sexual Health in Flanders: A large-scale quantitative research project on the sexual health of people living in Flanders, Turkish and Moroccan ethnic minorities, and sexual minorities.

Website Sexpert






IPOS - Research on Divorce in Flanders: This interdisciplinary research project explored the optimalization of divorce trajectories.

Website IPOS