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Yayouk Willems was granted the NWO Researchtalent fund and will be working together with Prof. dr. Catrin Finkenauer and Prof. dr. Meike Bartels at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and as a guest researcher at Utrecht University.


PhD Project

Family violence brings tremendous costs to individuals and society. Although it is reliably associated with multiple problems, the pathways underlying these associations are poorly understood hampering effective interventions. We propose that self-control strength plays a key role in family violence because of its foundational function in regulating behavior, emotions, and cognition. We will use a genetically informative design and data from one of the world's largest twin-family databases (the Netherlands Twin Register) to investigate—for the first time—individuals’ susceptibility and resilience to the effects of family violence and their interplay with self-control strength taking gene-environment interplay into account. 

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Meta-Analysis Medicine & Life Sciences
Family Conflict Medicine & Life Sciences
Domestic Violence Medicine & Life Sciences
Parenting Medicine & Life Sciences
Disclosure Medicine & Life Sciences
Self Disclosure Medicine & Life Sciences
Depression Medicine & Life Sciences
Self-Control Medicine & Life Sciences

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Research Output 2016 2020

The role of disclosure in relationships

Willems, Y. E., Finkenauer, C. & Kerkhof, P., 1 Feb 2020, In : Current opinion in psychology. 31, p. 33-37 5 p.

Research output: Contribution to JournalReview articleAcademicpeer-review

Self Disclosure
Family Conflict
Genetic Predisposition to Disease

Parenting and Self-Control Across Early to Late Adolescence: A Three-Level Meta-Analysis

Li, J. B., Willems, Y. E., Stok, F. M., Deković, M., Bartels, M. & Finkenauer, C., 1 Nov 2019, In : Perspectives on Psychological Science. 14, 6, p. 967-1005 39 p.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Longitudinal Studies

The heritability of self-control: A meta-analysis

Willems, Y. E., Boesen, N., Li, J., Finkenauer, C. & Bartels, M., May 2019, In : Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews. 100, p. 324-334 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to JournalReview articleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
Dizygotic Twins
Twin Studies
Monozygotic Twins
Open Access
academic achievement
Self Report
Educational Status

Activities 2016 2017

  • 4 Lecture / Presentation

Press / Media

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Yayouk Eva Willems


1 media contribution

Press/Media: Public Engagement Activities