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The social network of detainees

Several studies have shown that the social network has an impact on people’s lives and their living conditions. An important role in this is played by people who are closest to us; the so-called core network.

To date, there have mainly been studies on the core network of the general population. The core network of criminals remained untested. NSCR researchers Ruben de Cuyper, Anja Dirkzwager and Peter van der Laan together with colleagues Beate Völker and Paul Nieuwbeerta examined the core network of male detainees (between 18 and 65 years) prior to their detention.

(This Factsheet is only available in Dutch.)

dr. Anja Dirkzwager

About dr. Anja Dirkzwager

Anja Dirkzwager received her Ph.D. degree in 2002 for a dissertation on posttraumatic stress reactions among Dutch soldiers who participated in international peacekeeping operations, and the wellbeing of their family members. Subsequently, she worked at the Netherlands Institute for Health Services Research (NIVEL) investigating the physical and mental health consequences of disasters.

As of August 2007, she works as a senior researcher at NSCR. She is one of the principal investigators who initiated the Prison Project, a nationwide and longitudinal study on the effects of imprisonment on the further life-course of prisoners and their families. Her research interests include the physical and mental health of prisoners and their family members; prisoners’ perceptions of the conditions of confinement; and the effects of imprisonment on the further life-course.

She is chairing the ESC working group Prison Life & Effects of Imprisonment.

Anja is a member of the Life-course Cluster, the Intergenerational Cluster and the Sanctions Cluster.

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