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Dr Martijn Hogerbrugge

DrMartijnHogerbrugge.JPGRole: Research Associate

Institution: Cardiff University


Telephone: 02920 875565


After finishing his Master in Sociology and Social Research (SaSR) at Utrecht University, Martijn conducted his doctoral research on the bi-directional influence of family relations and negative life events at the Interuniversity Center for Social Science Theory and Methodology (ICS) in the Netherlands. Using data from the Netherlands’ Kinship Panel Study (NKPS) and the U.S.-based Longitudinal Study of Generations (LSOG) and various statistical methods, he showed how relationships with extended family and the structure of the family network influence the occurrence of negative events such as relationship dissolution, psychological problems, financial difficulties, or addiction, and how such events affect family relationships in return. In February 2015 he started his position as a Quantitative Research Associate in Ageing and Intergenerational relations, which is part of the WISERD Civil Society project.

Research Interests

  • Family sociology, social gerontology, inter-generational and sibling relations;
  • Life events and life course research;
  • Social networks, social capital, civic and social participation social exchange and rational choice theory;
  • Survey design, panel data, multi-actor data, quantitative research (methods), and missing data analysis

Current Research

Within the Civil Society project Martijn is responsible for research within the theme of “Ageing and intergenerational relations”. More specifically, he will be examining what factors affect the degree to which older people participate in their community, as well as relating their levels of participation to outcomes like health and well-being. Special attention will be paid to the influence of an older person’s belief that one can actively (re)construct one’s social surrounding, the extent to which the older person feels the need to leave something behind for future generations, and an older person’s perception of crime, in particular fear of crime.


Hogerbrugge, M.J.A. (2014). Misfortune and family. How negative events, family ties, and lives are linked. Doctoral dissertation, Utrecht University

Hogerbrugge, M. J. A., Komter, A. E. (2014). In good and bad times? The influence of relations with extended kin on negative life events. In J.H. McCormick & S.L. Blair (Eds.), Family relationships and familial responses to health issues (pp. 1-29). Bingley: Emerald Group Publishing.

Hogerbrugge, M. J. A., Silverstein, M. (2014). Transitions in relationships with older parents: From middle to later years. The Journals of Gerontology, Series B: Psychological and Social Sciences,doi:10.1093/geronb/gbu069

Hogerbrugge, M. J. A., Komter, A. E., Scheepers, P. (2013). Dissolving long-term romantic relationships: Assessing the role of the social context. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, 30, 320-342.

Merz, E.-M., Dykstra, P. A., Hogerbrugge, M. J. A., Komter, A. E., Liefbroer, A. C., Mulder C. H. (2012) Codebook of the Netherlands Kinship Panel Study: a multi-actor, multi-method panel study on solidarity in family relationships. Wave 3, version 1, April 2012. The Hague: Netherlands Interdisciplinary Demographic Institute (NIDI), 330 p.

Hogerbrugge, M. J. A., Komter, A. E. (2012). Solidarity and ambivalence: Comparing two perspectives on intergenerational relations using panel data. The Journals of Gerontology, Series B: Psychological and Social Sciences, 67, 372-383.

Hogerbrugge, M. J. A. (2012). Familiesolidariteit op de terugtocht? [Family solidarity on its retreat?] Gerōn, Tijdschrift over ouder worden & sameleving, 1/2012,15-18

Hogerbrugge, M. J. A., Dykstra P. A. (2009). The family ties of unmarried cohabiting and married persons in the Netherlands. Journal of Marriage and Family, 71, 135-145.

Hogerbrugge, M. (2007). Een zwakke schakel in de familie [A weak link in the family]. Demos, 23(10), 10-11.



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