Eva-Maria (EM) Merz PhD
- Donor Studies
MSc Social Sciences
PhD Developmental Psychology
Caring for Your Loved Ones? An Attachment Perspective on Solidarity Between Generations
VU University Amsterdam
- Research interests
Social Relationships and Health, Inequality and Health, Aging and Health Behavior, Emotions and Health Compliance
2017-present Associate professor, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam 2015-present ASPASIA Talent Fellow at the Dept of Sociology (0.2fte), Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam 2014-present Senior researcher at the Dept of Donor Studies, Sanquin Research 2008-2014 Researcher at the Dept of Social Demography, Netherlands Interdisciplinary Demographic Institute (NIDI-KNAW), The Hague 2004-2008 PhD Student at the Dept of Clinical Child and Family Studies, VU University Amsterdam
Extensive CV (pdf)
- Sanquin publications
- Other publications
Das M, De Valk HAG, Merz E-M. Mothers' mobility after separation: Do grandmothers matter? Population, Space and Place 2016.
Merz E-M, De Jong Gierveld J. Childhood memories, family ties, sibling support and loneliness in ever-widowed older adults: quantitative and qualitative results. Ageing & Society 2016; 36(3):534-61.
Rooyackers IN, De Valk HAG, Merz, E-M. Mother-child relations in adulthood within and across national borders: Non-Western immigrants in the Netherlands. Ageing & Society 2015
Rijken AJ, Merz EM. Double standards: Differences in norms on voluntary childlessness for men and women. European Sociological Review 2014; 30:470-482.
Rooyackers IN, de Valk HAG, Merz EM. Mother-child relations in adulthood: Immigrant and non-immigrant families in the Netherlands. Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology 2014; 45:569-86.
Consedine NS, Fiori KL, Tuck NL, Merz EM. Attachment, activity limitation, and health symptoms in later life: the mediating roles of negative (and positive) affect. J Aging Health 2013; 25(1):56-79.
De Jong Gierveld J, Merz EM. Parent’s partnership decision making after divorce or widowhood: The role of (step)children. Journal of Marriage and Family 2013; 75:1098-113.
Merz EM, Jak S. The long reach of childhood. Childhood experiences influence close relationships and loneliness across life. Advances in Life Course Research 2013; 18:212-22.
Merz EM. Fertility intentions depend on intergenerational relations: A life course perspective. Family Science 2012; 3:237-45.
Merz EM, Consedine NS. Ethnic group moderates the association between attachment and wellbeing in later life. Cultur Divers Ethnic Minor Psychol 2012; 18(4):404-15.
Merz EM, Liefbroer AC. The attitude toward voluntary childlessness in Europe: Cultural and institutional explanations. Journal of Marriage and Family 2012; 74:587-600.
Fiori KL, Consedine NS, Merz EM. Attachment, social network size, and patterns of social exchange in later life. Research on Aging 2011; 33:465-93.
Merz EM, Huxhold O. Wellbeing depends on social network characteristics: comparing different types and providers of support to older adults. Ageing & Society 2010; 30:843-57.
Merz EM, Schulze H-J, Schuengel C. Consequences of filial support for two generations: A narrative and quantitative review. Journal of Family Issues 2010; 31:1530-54.
Merz EM, Consedine NS. The association of family support and wellbeing in later life depends on attachment style. Attach Hum Dev 2009; 11(2):203-21.
Merz EM, Consedine NS, Schulze H-J, Schuengel C. Wellbeing of adult children and ageing parents: associations with intergenerational support and relationship quality. Ageing & Society 2009; 29:783-802.
Merz EM, Özeke Kocabas E, Oort FJ, Schuengel C. Intergenerational family solidarity: Value differences between immigrant groups and generations. J Fam Psychol 2009; 23(3):291-300.
Merz EM, Schuengel C, Schulze H-J. Intergenerational relations across four years: Wellbeing is affected by quality not by support exchange. Gerontologist 2009; 49(4):536-48.
Merz EM, Schuengel C, Schulze H-J. Inter-generational relationships at different ages: an attachment perspective. Ageing & Society 2008, 28:717-36.
Merz EM, Schuengel C, Schulze H-J. Intergenerational solidarity: An attachment perspective. Journal of Aging Studies 2007; 21:175-86.
Aronson DC, Bosgraaf RP, Merz EM, van Steenwijk RP, van Aalderen WMC, van Baren R. Lung function after the minimal invasive pectus excavatum repair (Nuss procedure). World J Surg 2007; 31(7):1518-22.