Bouchra Ftitache

PhD student

Research project

Member of a research team that works on ''Project Spelregels''. This is a longitudinal study in which children are followed from kindergarten (age 5 years) to the end of elementary school (age 12 years) in their social, behavioral and emotional development. The general aim of this project is to study childhood markers of psychopathology development to provide early starting points for intervention.

My research is focused on the early psychosocial development of ethnic minority youth. The possible explanatory roles of elementary school social relations (social status with peers, affiliation with deviant friends) and cognitive functioning (verbal and non-verbal) are investigated as underlying mechanisms for why ethnic minority children form an at-risk group for behavioral and school adjustment problems.


Henrichs, J., Schenk, J.J., Kok, R., Ftitache, B., Schmidt, H.G., Hofman, A., Jaddoe, V.W.V., Verhulst, F.C., & Tiemeier, H. (2011). Parental family stress during pregnancy and cognitive functioning in early childhood: The Generation R Study. Early Childhood Research Quarterly, 26, 332-343.




  • Bachelor thesis supervisor
  • Master thesis supervisor
  • Lecturer Masterclass Culturally Sensitive Mental Health Care