E-mail Evie Kins
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In my doctoral thesis I focused on the delayed transition to adulthood that seem to characterize our current society. More specifically, I studied the phenomenon of delayed home leaving or what we call in Belgium the "Hotel Mama" phenomenon. From a developmental perspective, the consequences of coresiding with the parents on the further development of emerging adults was studied as well as the potential impact of certain family dynamics. In the eventual study, a special focus of attention went out to the parent-child relationship and to the process of separation-individuation. A full copy of this dissertation can be requested by email.


At present, I' m working on a postdoctoral research project where I want to study in more detail the societal tendency of overinvolved or overprotective parenting. Parents want what is best for their children. However in a society that is extremely focused on perfection, success, and happiness, the best might not be good enough. Hence, in order to help children succeed many parents nowadays hover over their children and intercede whenever the child faces an upleasant situation or uncertainty. Can we be too much of a good parent? In this study we first want to clarify the meaning of this so called overinvolved or overprotective parenting. In a next step, we also aim to investigate the underlying dynamics that might explain why parents engage in such parenting behavior as well as the possible consequences for children.


Bibliography Bibliography
  • Kins, E., De Mol, J., & Beyers, W. (2014). "Why should I leave?" Belgian emerging adults' departure from home. Journal of Adolescent Research, 89, 89-119.


  • Kins, E., Soenens, B., & Beyers, W. (2013). Separation anxiety in families with emerging adults. Journal of Family Psychology, 27, 495-505.


  • Kins, E., Beyers, W., Soenens, B. (2013). When the separation-individuation process goes awry: Distinguishing between dysfunctional dependence and dysfunctional independence. International Journal of Behavioral Development, 37, 1-12.

  • Kins, E., Soenens, B., & Beyers, W. (2012). Parental psychological control and dysfunctional separation-individuation: A tale of two different dynamics. Journal of Adolescence, 35, 1099-1109.

  • Kins, E., Soenens, B., & Beyers, W. (2011). "Why do they have to grow up so fast?" Parental separation anxiety and emerging adults' pathology of separation-individuation. Journal of Clinical Psychology, 67, 647-664.

  • Kins, E., & Beyers, W. (2010). Failure to launch, failure to achieve criteria for adulthood. Journal of Adolescent Research, 25, 743-777.

  • Kins, E., Beyers, W., Soenens, B., & Vansteenkiste, M. (2009). Patterns of home-leaving and subjective well-being: The role of motivational processes and parental autonomy support. Developmental Psychology, 45, 1416-1429.

  • Kins, E., Hoebeke, P., Heylens, G., Rubens, R., & De Cuypers, G. (2008). The female-to-male transsexual and his partner versus the traditional couple: A comparison. Journal of Sex and Marital Therapy, 34, 429-438.


Conference presentations
  • Kins, E., & Soenens, B. (2013, September). Generation me and its helicopter parents. In Keijsers, L. (chair) & Seiffge-Krenke, I. (discussant), Parent-child relationships in middle/late adolescence and emerging adulthood. Symposium conducted at the 16th European Conference on Developmental Psychology, Lausanne, Switzerland.