Honorary Doctors 2017
Some children can handle growing up in harsh environments, others do not. To find out why, Marian Bakermans-Kranenburg studied genetic and environmental contributions to how children relate to their parents and has identified genes that are connected to the child’s sensitivity to stress. She has also conducted research on how the oxytocin hormone, associated with love and emotions, can affect parenting.
Marian Bakermans-Kranenburg’s contribution to developmental psychology is both deep and broad, writes the Faculty of Social Sciences in its citation for the honorary doctorate. In Lund, as well as in many other places, attachment researchers are inspired by her research and use the methods which she has developed.
He has visited both the School of Social Work and the Department of Sociology at Lund University on several occasions, and his qualitative research methods play a major role for the University’s researchers and students. He has also helped renew the ethnography of social science by defending the value of detailed field studies.