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Research on cyberbullying (amongst young people): prevalence, profiles of bullies and victims, impact, and the role of policymakers, police, (social) media, schools, parents, ...in addressing the problem. Development of evidence-based health interventions (on cyberbullying, slut-shaming, healthy eating, activity, chemsex, ....) Special attention goes to: technological interventions (e.g. serious games, reflective interfaces, wearables,...) and health narratives.

Smartphone on, boredom gone? The regulation of different types of boredom through different types of mobile phone use. 01/10/2021 - 30/09/2025

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This project deals with boredom as an important, yet understudied,emotion. The focus is on how using the mobile phone and the selection of media content is used to regulate (or escape from) a situation in which boredom is experienced. Media use is one option to regulate emotions, yet a convenient one that does require less effort than other activities. In media literature, there is evidence on the link between boredom and selective exposure to arousing contents to uplift stimulation levels. However, psychological research has shown that boredom can also stem from high arousal situations. Moreover, typical activities people search for in a state of boredom are expected to differ depending on the arousal level. In three empirical studies, varying from lab to natural settings, this project investigates if low versus high arousal states during boredom result in differences in the selection of interesting versus (mere) enjoyable content through mobile phone use. Neurophysiological markers will capture the process of emotion regulation. Given the omnipresence of boredom and its influence on decision making, behaviors and health, this research is utterly important. It is equally timely given the continuing worry about the role of mobile phones due to their pervasive nature and 24/7 availability. This project aims to provide powerful tools in predicting everyday behavior during boredom, as well as opening insights on making sure people act in their best interest when using media to combat boredom.

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Towards effective radiation protection based on improved scientific evidence and social considerations - focus on radon and NORM (RadoNorm). 01/09/2020 - 31/08/2025

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RadoNorm is designed to initiate and perform research and technical development in support of European Union Member States, Associated Countries and the European Commission in their efforts to implement the European radiation protection Basic Safety Standards. The proposed multidisciplinary and inclusive research project will target all relevant steps of the radiation risk management cycle for radon and NORM exposure situations. RadoNorm aims to reduce scientific, technical and societal uncertainties by (i) initiating and performing research and technical developments, (ii) integrating education and training in all research and development activities, (iii) and disseminating the project achievements through targeted actions to the public, stakeholders and regulators. This will strengthen the scientific and technical basis for all key steps of the radiation risk management cycle for radon and NORM. The inclusive character of RadoNorm is given at different levels, by (i) targeting research and development on all steps of the management cycle, (ii) combining biomedical, and ecological research with mitigation development and social science research, (iii) integration of researchers from national radiation protection institutions, research centres, universities, and SME, (iv) incorporation of E&T activities in all undertakings, and (v) linking dissemination efforts directly to knowledge achievements and new recommendations. Steps addressed are the (a)characterization of radon and NORM exposures, (b)improving dosimetry, (c)assessing effects and risks for humans and the environment, (d)refining mitigation technologies, (e)raising the understanding for societal aspects, and (f)disseminating achievements. Further, an ambitious pan European E&T programme, will contribute to competence building and sustainability of the project findings. The project includes 56 partners from 22 EU member states and associated countries and collaboration with groups in the US and Canada.

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Network of Excellence of Training on HATE (NETHATE). 01/09/2020 - 31/08/2024

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The vision for the NETHATE (Network of Excellence of Training on HATE) ETN is to bring together an interdisciplinary team of world-leading European researchers to tackle a highly ambitious and relevant research project on the nature of hate. It will also examine the dynamics of its spread in both offline and online fora, mitigation and reconciliation strategies, and the impact on victims and bystanders. The research and training programme will deliver doctoral training of 15 ESRs and highimpact research outputs. The complementary research skills and training expertise within this inter-sectoral ETN will ensure that the ESRs trained will become Europe's next generation of researchers, teachers and practitioners in understanding the roots and impacts of hate, as well as mitigation strategies, which will support the development of a sustainable democratic culture across the EU. The participation of 10 universities and 1 NGO as the network Beneficiaries and 14 Partner organisations (2 Ministries, 2 companies and 10 NGO's) all deeply involved in this area will ensure that the ESRs acquire a broad and deep multi-disciplinary and inter-sectoral training and experience that will make them highly marketable and sought after graduates.

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A Tale of Two Processes. The dynamic interplay between emotion and cognition when learning from texts. 01/01/2020 - 31/12/2023

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This project aims to investigate how the integration of narratives in didactic texts can optimize the processing of the information through the dynamic interplay of emotional and cognitive processes and thereby lead to desired learning outcomes. The first objective of this project is to develop valid and reliable dynamic measures of emotional processes during the reading of texts, relying on a multi-method approach (combining self-reports and think-aloud methods, with eye-tracking and psychophysiological measures). Building on the findings from the first research phase, the second objective of the project is to study the dynamic interplay between cognitive and emotional processing and during processing of texts augmented with narrative elements (in different formats). The third objective is to examine how the dynamic interplay between cognitive and emotional processes affects learning outcomes.

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FWO sabbatical 2021-2022 (Prof. H. Vandebosch). 15/09/2021 - 14/09/2022

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During my sabbatical I plan to devote my time to the ongoing research projects that I am currently (co-)supervising, and often involve international and/or interdisciplinary collaborations. These projects try to extend our current knowledge 1) on evidence-based technological interventions to tackle online aggression and 2) on evidence-based technological interventions to address mental and physical health issues. Apart from that, I plan to 3) co-edit a book on Health Communication together with Gert-Jan De Bruijn (University of Amsterdam), and 4) follow-up on other projects (related to eudaimonic media use, vaccine hesitancy and teacher interventions to tackle traditional bullying) and initiate new research (on digital disconnection, boredom and mobile phone use).

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BOF Sabbatical 2021-2022 - Heidi Vandebosch. 15/09/2021 - 14/09/2022

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During my sabbatical I plan to devote my time to the ongoing research projects that I am currently (co-)supervising, and often involve international and/or interdisciplinary collaborations. These projects try to extend our current knowledge 1) on evidence-based technological interventions to tackle online aggression and 2) on evidence-based technological interventions to address mental and physical health issues. Apart from that, I plan to 3) co-edit a book on Health Communication and 4) follow-up on other projects (related to eudaimonic media use, vaccine hesitancy and teacher interventions to tackle traditional bullying) and initiate new research (on digital disconnection, boredom and mobile phone use).

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VAXCOM: Monitoring, addressing and reducing COVID-19 vaccination doubt in Belgium through continuous mapping, early automatic detection and evidence-based strategic communication. 01/03/2021 - 30/06/2022

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Very specifically, our current findings show that there is an urgent need for: - Mapping of vaccination readiness and doubt in French-speaking Belgium. For this purpose, the same questionnaire that has already been administered in Flanders can be rolled out very quickly. - Mapping of the needs of 'intermediaries' (first-line care: doctors, pharmacists, but also healthcare professionals in the broad sense) and appropriate training and communication. All our surveys show that they play a key role. They are seen as the sources that people trust when it comes to vaccination advice. We need to identify their questions and concerns and provide strategic advice on communication and training materials. How can we ensure that these intermediaries are themselves sufficiently and correctly informed, and how can we support them in interactions with (doubting) patients? - Further refinement and development of an automatic early detection tool for vaccination messages on social media. We need to be able to detect messages early in order to fill information gaps quickly. The sooner questions and concerns are addressed, the smaller the chance of (a wide spread of) disinformation and unreliable sources. - Development of a communication plan and strategy for a vaccination crisis. There is a very real chance that crises will occur during the vaccination campaign. To avoid or anticipate these, the early detection tool can already help, but it is also necessary to have a crisis plan ready. From the scientific evidence on effective crisis planning and communication, it is necessary to look at what types of crises we can expect and what the most effective response strategies are depending on the type of crisis. - In view of the pandemic, it is useful to map out how the above-mentioned issues are already being researched and documented in our neighbouring countries and in other countries that may have a major cultural impact on Belgium.

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Pilot testing of a mobile application for chemsex care and support (Chemified). 20/10/2020 - 19/07/2021

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The phenomenon of chemsex has gained scientific, clinical and societal attention in recent years. The impact of chemsex is substantial, on individual (severe health problems, social and psychological impact) as well as on societal level (i.e. increased risk of STI/HIV transmission and health care costs) We initiated the CHEMIFIED-project to address the current gap in evidence-based support tools, to mitigate, or where possible prevent, (potentially) problematic chemsex. The fastly developing field of digital interventions in health care currently offers new solutions. GBMSM engaging in chemsex carry their smartphone with them constantly and are most of the time online. The use of this digital pathway to reach this group therefore seems well suited. In this project we will develop a just-in-time adaptive intervention (JITAI) for people engaging in chemsex in Flanders. The purpose of so called JITAIs is to provide the right support at the right time, using a digital pathway. After having identified the needs, desirability and acceptability of a mobile intervention for the target population; the objective of our proposed pump priming project is to finalize the preparatory project phase by completing the development of the proof of concept, and pilot-test and adapt this first version. This information will be used to focus a project application for the TBM-program of FWO. With this TBM-project we want to assess the intervention's effectiveness in real life situations, further optimize the intervention and take the first steps towards valorization of the JITAI.

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Can teachers reduce school bullying and its mental health consequences? Randomized controlled trial with an intervention promoting positive teacher-student interactions. 01/01/2020 - 31/12/2021

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Being bullied at school seriously undermines mental health on the short and long run. Teachers have the potential to be key players in preventing and reducing bullying through their daily interactions with students and their reactions to bullying. However, many teachers do not fully assume this role. This randomized controlled trial study aims at investigating whether a straightforward intervention focused on teachers' general interactions with students and their specific interventions in bullying situations 1) impacts teacher cognitions, e.g., promotes anti-bullying attitudes, 2) promotes positive teacher-student interactions and teachers' effective reactions to bullying incidents, 3) reduces student bullying, and 4) promotes (victimized) students' mental health. Ten schools, 60 teachers and 1200 students from Grade 4-6 are recruited. Schools are randomly assigned to an intervention condition and a control condition. Teacher and student reports are administered pre- and posttest and data are analyzed with An(c)ova and multilevel modelling. This study contributes to 1) the very scarce experimental evidence and theory-building about teachers' influence on student bullying and victims' mental health and 2) the availability of effective, feasible, and scalable interventions for reducing bullying at school and promoting children's mental health.

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Nethate: developing online tools to prevent and counter online hate speech and support victims. 01/12/2019 - 30/11/2021

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This project aims to extend our current knowledge on online hate speech interventions, by investigating how technological tools can be used to 1) prevent or counter online hate speech and 2) reduce the impact of online hate speech on victims.

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In the Spotlight: The Effects of Celebrity Bashing on (young) Bystanders and Victims. 01/10/2019 - 30/09/2022

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This project covers a study on a very specifc, though, prominent type of online aggression: Celebrity bashing. Celebrity bashing refers to the negative and scandal-inspired way of commenting toward and about celebrities, and can be performed by journalists, the audience and other celebrities. This project aims to enrich our knowledge on this phenomenon by investigating both the perspective of adolescent perpetrators as well as the perspective of celebrity-victims. On the side of the perpetrator, we will investigate the causal link between being a bystander of the different types of celebrity bashing and becoming a perpetrator and the underlying processes that might explain this association (mediators), and contextual factors (i.e., type of the perpetrator, type of the involved celebrity) moderating this association (moderators). This will be guided by the General Aggression Model (GAM). On the side of the celebrity-victim, we will investigate celebrities' feelings and coping strategies when being confronted with bashing. This project will increase our insights on the impact of celebrity bashing on adolescents and celebrities, and thus provide evidence for the development of effective prevention and intervention initiatives.

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Detect Then ACT: Taking Direct Action against Online Hate Speech by Turning Bystanders into Upstanders (DeTACT). 01/09/2019 - 31/08/2021

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DeTACT – Detect Then Act – will deploy artificial intelligence to monitor online hate speech and generate insight which can fuel compelling, data-driven campaigns. MIOS (UAntwerp) will perform a literature review and sketch the main findings with regard to online hate dynamics and possible evidence-based ways to counter them.

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3xG Environment and Health Research in the region of Dessel, Mol and Retie 2018. 01/04/2019 - 31/12/2020

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3xG stands for '(Environment and) Health - Municipalities - Newborns'. The study follows up the (environmental) health of a cohort of 300 newborns over a longer period in the region of Dessel, Mol and Retie. The project was suggested by the local partnerships STORA (Dessel) and MONA (Mol) in the framework of the cAt-project (disposal of low level radioactive waste (category A) and steered by NIRAS, the national agency for radioactive waste, in cooperation with the partnerships. Human biomonitoring is used as a novel technique to measure exposure to environmental conditions in the body. On the one hand human biomonitoring is used as a novel technique for early warning on human exposure to old and new chemicals and its effects in the body; on the other hand morbidity and mortality registers are analysed. UAntwerpen leads the research into social and community aspects of the study.

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Just in time! Using personal and contextual data to stimulate healthy behavior through adaptive interventions: Theoretical framework, technological building blocks and empirical evidence. 01/01/2019 - 31/12/2022

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Behavioral economics provides a relevant theoretical framework that can explain and predict individuals' seemingly irrational choices with respect to their health. By understanding individuals as non-rational actors with predictable biases, individuals can be guided or "nudged" toward wiser choices without restricting their choice freedom or significantly changing their economic incentives. The current project focuses on two complementary health risk behaviors, (un)healthy eating and physical (in)activity, and analyses how persuasive cues or 'nudges' can be applied to interactive, 'just-in-time' (JIT) interventions that are adapted to an individuals' unique characteristics, needs and context. To date, a major gap still exists between the technological capacity to deliver adaptive communications, existing theoretical behavioral frameworks and current applications. The main goal of the project is to close this gap by developing and testing an integrative theoretical framework on how just-in-time adaptive interventions affect individuals' health risk behaviors, by (i) adopting an interdisciplinary perspective, (ii) developing the main technological building blocks that enable these JIT adaptive interventions and (iii) testing the effectiveness of different interventions for different individuals in different contexts.

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Meat the challenge. 01/01/2019 - 31/03/2021

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The meat industry is confronted with challenges in the areas of health, food safety and the environment. Consumers increasingly distrust the meat industry. A number of crises within the sector, negative attention in the press, increasingly louder voices to choose vegetarian alternatives and repeated messages that "eating meat" is unhealthy have caused concern and confusion among consumers. The general aim of this project is to analyze and optimize the communication skills of small and large-scale meat industries. How can they optimally communicate correct information about their product? And can we restore consumer confidence where necessary?

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The use of online personal narratives to improve adolescents' coping with psychological distress. 01/10/2018 - 30/09/2022

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Adolescence is a life phase characterised by increased stress and negative emotions. Therefore, developing the right skills to cope with this stress is vital for adolescents. This research project seeks to uncover how sharing, reading of and responding to online personal narratives enable adolescents to better cope with stress. We conduct an online survey with adolescent users of online support group fora to investigate how online personal narratives can help adolescents to cope with stress, and to determine which adolescents benefit the most from these online personal narratives. Moreover, we set up three experimental studies to examine how the interface design of an online support group forum can increase the beneficial effects of online personal narratives. This research project provides a theoretical contribution to the field of health communication, by combining insights in the power of narratives and the design of communication technologies. Results from this project also provides youth helpline and mental health organisations with recommendations in order to empower adolescents in coping with stress.

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From Food Media to Food Literacy: Investigating the potential of using food media to increase food literacy among young adults (18-25). 01/01/2018 - 31/12/2021

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People consume food via various media to such a degree that some even talk about "food porn". This project aims to investigate if this form of entertainment can be(come) a tool to educate young adults (18-25) from different SES backgrounds about food literacy. We start with an exploration of the food literacy barriers Flemish young adults experience. In this exploratory phase we will also monitor which food media they watch most often and find most entertaining. Second, we will study if and how existing food media cover the four general domains of food literacy (planning, selecting, preparing, consuming). We firstly want to know if food media cover these topics. Second, we aim to study how they transfer this information using a framework of methods that have been proven to be successful in planning health promotion programs. In a final stage, we merge the above knowledge by testing the impact of different food media on the potential improvement of the four general food literacy domains. Using four experiments, we will focus each time on one of the four food literacy domains in detail and how certain food media may positively influence their users. Participants will be asked to actively use a particular form of food media and keep a record of their experience using social media (experimental group) or to not use any food media (control group) for a period of ten weeks. Prior and after each trial measures will be taken to asses any differences in food literacy.

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Using multi-media entertainment-education programme as tool to prevent obesity in black South-African women. 01/01/2018 - 31/12/2019

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The project is a partnership between the University of the Western Cape (UWC), the Human Science Research Council (HSRC), University of Antwerp and KU Leuven. AIMS: To capacitate the School of Public health (SOPH) UWC and to implement an obesity prevention program using entertainment-education (EE) as a platform. The project will support the SOPH to improve the quality of the master program and improve food literacy and body image perception in black females residing in the rural Eastern Cape (Mt Frere) and Langa Township in Cape Town. METHOD: The project will offer opportunities for full time enrolment of master students and provide opportunities for information sharing among the universities. Furthermore the project will produce and test the effectiveness of multimedia entertainment-education on food literacy and body weight perception using locally available resources.

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3xG Environment and Health Research in the region of Dessel, Mol and Retie 2018. 01/01/2018 - 31/12/2018

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3xG stands for '(Environment and) Health - Municipalities - Births'. The study follows up the (environmental) health of inhabitants, and more in particular a cohort of newborns over al longer period in the region of Dessel, Mol and Retie. The project was suggested by the local partnerships STORA (Dessel) and MONA (Mol) in the framework of the cAt-project (disposal of low level radioactive waste (category A) and steered by NIRAS, the national agency for radioactive waste, in cooperation with the partnerships. On the one hand human biomonitoring is used as a novel technique for early warning on human exposure to old and new chemicals and its effects in the body; on the other hand morbidity and mortality registers are analysed. In the 2018-project UAntwerpen will focus on two tasks: (i) facilitate the external communication of collective biomonitoring results on endocrine disrupting chemicals to local stakeholders and the public. (ii) conduct focus groups with young children (8-9 years old) in 4 elementary schools in Dessel, Mol, Retie and Antwerp to gain better insights into the child perspective on environmental health.

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City of Things (CoT). 01/05/2016 - 30/04/2020

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As everyday devices are being connected to the Internet, research on large-scale wireless sensors networks specifically and Internet of Things (IoT) generally are becoming more and more important. There is a considerable research and innovation effort related to the deployment of smart cities using this IoT technology. However, there are still plenty of hurdles to move from R&D to implementation and real mass-scale deployment of wireless sensors networks. Moreover, the city itself is a treasure of data to be explored if the right sensors can be installed. Testbeds are the preferred tools for academic and industrial researchers to evaluate their research but a large-scale multi-technology smart city research infrastructure is currently the missing link. The City of Things research infrastructure will build a multi-technology and multi-level testbed in the city of Antwerp. As a result, 100 locations around the city of Antwerp and its harbour will be equipped with gateways supporting multiple wireless IoT protocols. These gateways will connect with hundreds of wireless sensors and actuators, measuring smart city parameters such as traffic flows, noise, air pollution, etc.

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The development of cyberbullying narratives aimed at parents and of a cyberbullying toolkit for school teams. 01/12/2015 - 15/10/2016

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In this project we will develop evidence-based tools to tackle cyberbullying amongst adolescents. A first tool will be aimed at parents of adolescents and consists of online narratives. The second tool will be aimed at school teams, and promote discussion, evaluation and planning of a whole-school approach.

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Short-term, middle-term and long-term effectiveness of coping strategies used by adolescent victims of cyberbullying. 01/10/2015 - 30/09/2019

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This project aims to advance knowledge and understanding about how victims cope with cyberbullying and whether these strategies are effective immediately (within six months after being cyberbullied), after two years, and after five years. Effectiveness will be evaluated in terms of (1) victimization rates (Is the victim still being bullied?), (2) mental health problems (Does the victim experience mental health problems such as social anxiety, low self-esteem, or anger?), and (3) school/work outcomes and forming close relationships (Has this event empowered the adolescent to do well in school or at work, and has it led to forming close relationships with others?). These questions will be answered through the use of a combined method: a longitudinal study of youngsters to evaluate short-term, middle-term and long-term effectiveness, and a retrospective study and interviews of young adults to further evaluate long-term effectiveness will be conducted.

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Examining the Effects of Media Celebrity Bashing and Celebrity Testimonials on Cyberbullying amongst Adolescents. 01/10/2015 - 30/09/2019

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In this project we will investigate the influence of celebrity stories on cyberbullying amongst adolescents. On the one hand, this will be done from a news media effects perspective: does exposure to "celebrity bashing" by news media lead to cyberbullying behavior? On the other hand, this will be done from a narrative intervention perspective: are celebrity testimonials effective in persuading adolescents not to cyberbully or in providing support to victims. In this way the project will fill important gaps in the existing knowledge on macro influences (in casu: media influences) on cyberbullying behavior, and on evidence-based methods to change cyberbullying behavior and its mental health outcomes.

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Querying public broadcasting. 01/02/2015 - 30/04/2015

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This project represents a formal research agreement between UA and on the other hand the client. UA provides the client research results mentioned in the title of the project under the conditions as stipulated in this contract.

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Feasibility study for Human Biomonitoring (3xG) in the region of the municipalities Dessel, Mol and Retie 01/01/2015 - 31/12/2016

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The UA-team coordinates the social scientific research activities within the consortium. In this stage of the study, there will be process guidance for a rational dialogue on a selection of 3xG human biomonitoring results to translate into policy (phased action plan) and for building a communication strategy for the group of participants in the study and the local community at large.

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Narratives in health communication – a multi-disciplinary approach to strengthen understanding of the roles and uses of narratives in conveying health information and changing health behaviors (HEALTHNAR). 01/05/2014 - 30/04/2017

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The objective of the HealthNar program is (1) to strengthen and consolidate the emerging field of narrative health communication and (2) to establish a flourishing and solid multidisciplinary research exchange network on narratives and health. The program does so by bringing together renowned international scholars from health psychology, media psychology, health communication, arts, and interactive communication.

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Cyberbullying and Stress at School and Work: towards a cross-fertilization of separate research traditions. 01/01/2014 - 31/12/2017

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This project aims to advance knowledge about cyberbullying (a) within the work context, (in which this phenomenon has rarely been studied so far) and (b) within the context of youngsters (for whom scholars have rarely tested theories about antecedents and consequences). As such, this project will investigate three research questions about the relationship between stress and cyberbullying amongst youngsters and working adults: (1) does stress cause cyberbullying enactment through the ventilation of negative emotions such as anger and frustration (cyberbullying may then be considered maladaptive "externalizing" behavior), (2) does stress cause cyberbullying victimization through withdrawal reactions evoked by negative emotions such as fear (cyberbullying may then be considered maladaptive "internalizing" behavior) and (3) does cyberbullying victimization lead to (additional) stress for the target and to spill-over of this stress (and cyberbullying) to significant others?

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Research on the perception of young parenthood among vulnerable young people. 01/02/2013 - 31/05/2013

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This project represents a formal research agreement between UA and the Flemish Public Service. UA provides the Flemish Public Service research results mentioned in the title of the project under the conditions as stipulated in this contract. The main objective is to investigate the media representation of young parenthood on Flemish television and its reception among socially vulnerable young people.

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Automatic Monitoring for Cyberspace Applications (AMiCA). 01/01/2013 - 31/12/2016

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This project represents a research agreement between the UA and on the onther hand IWT. UA provides IWT research results mentioned in the title of the project under the conditions as stipulated in this contract.

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Flemish Centre for Media Literacy. 21/12/2012 - 31/12/2014

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This project represents a formal research agreement between UA and on the other hand the client. UA provides the client research results mentioned in the title of the project under the conditions as stipulated in this contract.

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Friendly ATTAC (Adaptive Technological Tools Against Cyberbullying). 01/02/2012 - 31/01/2016

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This project represents a research agreement between the UA and on the onther hand IWT. UA provides IWT research results mentioned in the title of the project under the conditions as stipulated in this contract.

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eSafety label pilot project. 30/10/2010 - 30/06/2011

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This project represents a formal research agreement between UA and on the other hand EUN Partnership. UA provides EUN Partnership research results mentioned in the title of the project under the conditions as stipulated in this contract.

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AMICA - Automatic monitoring for cyberspace applications. 01/10/2010 - 30/09/2011

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This project represents a research agreement between the UA and on the onther hand IWT. UA provides IWT research results mentioned in the title of the project under the conditions as stipulated in this contract.

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Evidenced-based ICT interventions against (cyber-)bullying amongst youngsters. 01/09/2010 - 31/08/2011

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This project represents a research agreement between the UA and on the onther hand IWT. UA provides IWT research results mentioned in the title of the project under the conditions as stipulated in this contract.

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A contextual study of cyberbullying in early adolescence: a longitudinal and social network approach 01/07/2010 - 31/12/2014

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The existing research on cyberbullying is characterised by three limitations: 1) a lack of a reliable measurement instrument, 2) a lack of attention for the social context, and 3) a lack of longitudinal data. The first aim of this study is therefore to develop a multi-dimensional measurement instrument for cyberbullying. The second and third issue will be addressed in a panel study amongst secondary school pupils, including (a.o.) sociometric measures.

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The contextual development of cyber bullying in early adolescence: a longitudinal and social network analysis. 01/01/2010 - 31/12/2013

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The first goal of this study is to develop a multi-dimensional measurement instrument for cyber-bullying. The second goal of this study is to describe the social dimension of cyber-bullying by means of Social Network Analysis. The third goal of the study is to conduct a longitudinal study that takes the development of adolescents as well as of their social network into account.

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Population survey in preparation for the new management of the VRT with the Flemish government. 01/12/2009 - 31/05/2010

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This project investigates the opinion of the audience on the future position and role of public broadcasting in society. Based on a literature review on the task and future of public broadcasting, a representative sample of Flemings (1500 respondentsz) is surveyed. The analysis and interpretation of the data leads to a report analysing the vision of the audience and discussing implications for the future contract between the Flemish government and the public broadcaster.

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Culture on public broadcasters. 15/01/2009 - 15/03/2009

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The aim of this project is the study of the cultural programming of a selection of public service broadcasters in Europe with a view to create benchmarks for the evaluation of the cultural programming on Flemish PSB VRT.

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Research and evaluation of the news for young people 'Jam' and 'Zoom'. 01/07/2008 - 30/11/2008

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Internetobservatorium 02/01/2008 - 31/08/2010

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At the lower edge of the technological society. Structural poverty and technology. 09/05/2006 - 15/03/2007

Explorative research on cybermobbing amongst adolescents in Flanders. 01/07/2005 - 28/02/2006

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In October 2005, the University of Antwerp, at the request of viwTA and the Commission for Culture, Youth, Sport and the Media of the Flemish Parliament, conducted a large-scale survey into cyberbullying among youngsters in Flanders. In order to establish a clear picture of the phenomenon, the study tried to gain insight into ICT use by youngsters and their experiences with traditional forms of bullying as well as cyberbullying. A total of 636 primary school children and 1416 pupils from secondary education completed a questionnaire on their use of the Internet and mobile phones and their personal experiences with traditional and cyberbullying. The full text of the research report is available at the website of viWTA: www.viwta.be

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Media effects on obesity among young children. 01/05/2005 - 31/12/2006

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This study investigates the (direct and indirect) influence of media on obesity among young children. Previous research has linked television use and exposure to commercials with low activity levels and the consumption of unhealthy foods, both leading to overweight and obesity. Health communication models, on the other hand, argue that public information campaigns can be used to (help) prevent or solve the obesity problem among children. To gather data about the media, food and activity habits of children, and about the attitudes, knowledge, opinions and interventions of their parents, a standardized questionnaire will be developed.

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Youth information policy. 15/01/2005 - 31/12/2005

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Today's youth is overwhelmed with information about numerous issues. One could say there is an information overload. This complicates decision-making for youngsters since not all information is objective, clear, nor adjusted to the information needs of young people. Furthermore, the information is not always accessible for the target group that is aimed at. It is obvious that young people need more specialized information in order to have an overview of their possibilities and opportunities which enable them to make the right decisions. Thus, efficient information is a first requirement for young people to find their way in our society. This research aims to develop a coherent youth information policy. On the basis of the description of the research domain, we will examine organizations which fulfill an explicit role with regard to youth information. In addition, we look at the the policy domains in which information initiatives have been established. With the help of in-depth interviews, there will be a study of the extent to which the information is within reach of the target group and how the target group is involved in the development of the information. On the basis of the research results, recommendations will be made about the current information amount. Furthermore, suggestions will be formulated to enhance the participation of juveniles in the development of information aimed at young people.

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