Dr. Trees Pels is employed as the head of the research group ‘Multicultural Questions’ at the Verwey-Jonker Institute in Utrecht. She holds a Ph.D. in clinical psychology. Dr. Pels is senior researcher and one of Dutch leading experts in the field of child rearing within ethnically diverse groups. Her publications include several books on immigrant adjustment and many articles in English, Dutch and French.2006 0-7734-6092-6
This volume reports the results of several empirical studies on indigenous and non-indigenous Dutch families conducted in the late nineties by leading Dutch experts on child rearing. The non-indigenous groups were chosen to represent the three major types of immigration to Holland: voluntary labor migrants (Turks, Moroccans and Chinese), colonial migrants (Surinamese Creoles) and refugees (Somalis). The studies were conceived in response to a government initiative to obtain information regarding “normal family life” in contemporary Dutch society. Their goal was to facilitate prevention and intervention in the field of child welfare and parental support.