Pre-conference workshops

Pre-conference workshops will take place 9.30 – 18.00 on September 16th, 2016

Qualitative and Mixed Methods Approaches

  1. The workshop will introduce a representative selection of qualitative approaches and will focus on discussion among the participants concerning research using the different qualitative approaches and how participants could implement the methods in their own research. The methods discussed will include mixed methods, thematic analyses, grounded theory, and discursive and narrative approaches.
    Monique Landberg

    Monique Landberg

    Department of Psychology, Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena

    Maria Wangqvist

    Maria Wängqvist

    Department of Psychology, University of Gothenburg

    Joseph Schwab

    Joseph Schwab

    Clark University

    Sponsored and organised by: ssea

  2. Introduction to Multilevel Modelling and Advanced Applications with Longitudinal Data

    This workshop offers an introduction to Multilevel Modelling, including statistical treatment of clustered data, random intercept and random slope models, as well as models for longitudinal data. The first part of the workshop offers a review of basic concepts in statistics (e.g., statistical significance). The second part of the workshop deals with regression models for single-level analysis (i.e., simple and multiple regression). The third part of the workshop introduces multilevel models for cross-sectional data (i.e., random intercept and random slope models). The fourth part of the workshop is dedicated to multilevel models for longitudinal data including linear, polynomial and piecewise growth curve models. Throughout the workshop the open source software R (see: will be used, to give participants the chance to use a statistical software which is available free of charge. In addition, SPSS and Mplus syntax for all analyses are provided. No prior knowledge of R is required for attending this workshop.

    Takuya Yanagida

    Takuya Yanagida

    University of Applied Sciences Upper Austria

  3. Meta Analysis

    Meta-analysis is a methodological approach to systematically review available literature and provide a statistical synthesis of it, testing for factors that can moderate differences in study findings. The workshop will address three questions. The first part will address why is worthwhile conducting a meta-analysis, covering advantages of this approach in the context of the statistics reform in the behavioural sciences. The second part will explain when is particularly important to conduct a meta-analysis, considering issues related to both the state-of-the-art of a field and the career of a scholar. The third part will address how to conduct a meta-analysis, explaining a step-by-step approach. Specific examples of meta-analyses (e.g., Reliability Generalization) and software applications will be shown and discussed.

    Elisabetta Crocetti

    Elisabetta Crocetti

    Social Sciences, University of Utrecht

    Marlies Maes

    Marlies Maes

    School Psychology & Child and Adolescent Development, University of Leuven

  4. Writing articles for English Language Journals

    The preconference workshop on Writing Articles for English Language Journals aims to strengthen writing skills to allow researchers to write more effective research articles. The workshop is aimed at early-career researchers who are planning to write articles for English Language Journals or who are currently writing articles. The workshop will include a presentation on general tips and tricks for successful writing, combined with examples of effective and less-effective writing and ample time for writing exercises to improve writing skills. As writing can best be learned through practicing, and practicing works best when using you own texts, participants are encouraged to bring their own texts they have previously drafted or are currently working on for the course exercises. There will be ample opportunity for participants to ask questions and engage in discussion.

    Susan Branje

    Susan Branje

    Social Sciences, University of Utrecht

  5. Issues with Prevention and Intervention

    This workshop will provide an overview of the methodological and statistical advances in evaluating psychosocial intervention/prevention programs. Three topics will be covered: (1) basic design characteristics to study implementation quality, efficacy, and effectiveness of programs; (2) methodological and statistical approaches to estimating program impact; (3) methods of identifying how programs elicit targeted outcomes (testing meditating processes), and the factors that influence program effect (testing moderating factors). Participants will be encouraged to participate in discussions and group-work to develop hands-on experience.

    Metin Ozdemir

    Metin Özdemir

    Institute for Law, Psychology and Social Work, University of Örebro

  6. Empowering Parents in their Fight against their Offspring’s Alcohol Use: a Successful Project from Sweden.

    EFFEKT is a brief parent intervention program that seeks to reduce the use of alcohol by teenagers by empowering their parents with skills and knowledge and it reaches out to parents even if they do not attend school parent meetings. EFFEKT is implemented widely in several European countries and a rated Blueprint program . The programme can be used outside of school settings as well. Parents are provided with information on how common underage drinking is, and also about its potential short- and long-term consequences. Next, parents are convinced that they can influence their children’s attitudes and behaviours. The final step is to provide parents with methods to influence their children, and to set rules on underage alcohol-drinking. So, this workshop will inform about the scientific foundations of the program and inform teachers, social workers and health personnel about possibilities to implement this programme in their community or in schools and of the gains it can have if implemented correctly.

    Nikolaus Koutakis

    Nikolaus Koutakis

    University of Orebro

  7. Finding your Way in the ‘Statistics Jungle’. Determining the Right Analytical Technique for Answering your Research Question.

    The purpose of this workshop is to help researchers tackling a major challenge in studying adolescent development: To find the right technique in the ever-expanding toolbox of state-of-the-art statistics. For instance, although many developmental processes take place within the lives of single individuals (e.g., identity development, parenting and peer influences), longitudinal studies often focus on the level of differences between persons (e.g., reporting correlations, regression, or structural equation modelling on large scale samples). In the methodological literature (e.g., Molenaar et al., 2003), it is widely acknowledged how this may lead to wrong inferences. Novel statistical techniques are being developed to better tap into the actual theorized processes.

    But with the rapid emergence of new techniques, with fancy names such as Random-Intercept Cross-lagged Panel Models or Multilevel Structural Equation Modelling, the choice for one analytical technique, or the other, can become quite challenging by itself. Therefore, rather than teaching specific analytical techniques, this workshop helps participants to make well-informed choices regarding their analytical approach. It will answer questions, such as: When should you use cross-lagged panel models, and when latent growth models? What are the specific advantages of each? What are the pitfalls? When do you need an alternative approach, such as multilevel structural equation modelling? What inferences can you draw with confidence from the different state-of-the-art techniques, and which are commonly done, but may be quite misleading? What statistical possibilities have opened up more recently, that help to answer questions that could have never been answered before?

    The workshop entails an overview of some of the state-of-the-art statistical possibilities, such as latent growth curve, (random-intercept) cross-lagged panel models, mixture growth models, and multi-level structural equation modelling. By reflecting on their own research question, conducting small experiments, and engaging in discussion, participants will obtain an integrative framework of the analytical possibilities and learn about the unique weaknesses and strengths. Participants do not need specific statistical expertise to take part.

    Nikolaus Koutakis

    Loes Keijsers

    TS Social and Behavioral Sciences. Developmental Psychology. Tilburg University

    We are sorry to announce that FAD has cancelled both its workshops

    1. Online work with adolescents and

    2. Estrategias y técnicas de intervención

    due to budgetary reasons.

If there are too few bookings, the workshop will be cancelled.
Members of EARA have priority in case of a workshop being over-booked.

Participant fees are 30Euros for EARA members and 40 for Non-EARA members and include workshop, materials, and two coffee-breaks.

Workshops must be pre-booked on our registration form.

N. B. (After the early bird registration dead-line, workshops will be offered independently of the conference on a first come first served basis, if not all workshop places are booked!)