Pop-Up Meeting: Growing Up and Growing Out?

Date: November 27th, Time: 10:00 – 13:30, Venue: Botanical Gardens, Serre (Budapestlaan 17, Utrecht)

The transition from adolescence to adulthood is a dynamic period marked by important changes in social roles of dependency (e.g., parental dependence) to roles of adult responsibilities. Adolescents have a growing need for autonomy, in which they seek more room from parents to exercise their own values, pursue their own goals, and engage in activities aligned with their personal interests. To accommodate the evolving needs of their children, parents must give up a certain degree of power for parent-child relationships to become more egalitarian. Yet, this task is more challenging than it may initially appear. Rather, there is often an autonomy gap between two generations within a household, creating tension, stress, and conflicts that put the family relationship under pressure.

The “Growing Up and Growing Out?” pop-up meeting on November 27, 2023, offers a unique opportunity to unravel the complexities of this topic. We invite you to join the pop-up meeting together with experts and professionals in the fields of parenting, pedagogy, and developmental psychology. The keynote presenter as well as the practitioner are renowned experts in this field of parenting who will enrich the vibrant discussion.


09.45 – 10.00Welcome
10.00 – 10.30Opening
10.30 – 11.00Session 1: Keynote Presentation
11.00 – 11.30Session 2: Interactive Brainstorming Session
11.30 – 11.45Break
11.50 – 12.15Session 3: Practitioner Experience
12.15 – 12.45Session 4: Identifying Knowledge Gaps and Collaboration Opportunities
12.45 – 13.30Lunch

This pop-up meeting is initiated by Ouissam Abattouy, a PhD candidate who studies the transition to adulthood. Her research delves into the process of balancing autonomy and relatedness among parents and adolescents, particularly within the context of varying socioeconomic backgrounds.

“Growing Up and Growing Out?”is part of Becoming Adults in a Changing World (BACW). BACW offers support to create a space where researchers and professionals can share their expertise around a certain theme to learn from each other, build a network, and explore potential collaborations.

You can register via this link. The announcement of speakers follows.