Laura Vandenbosch (PhD) is a part-time Assistant Professor at the Department of Communication Studies, research group MIOS (Media, ICT, and Interpersonal Relations In Organisations and Society) at the University of Antwerp (Belgium). She also works as a researcher (Research Foundation Flanders; FWO-Vlaanderen) at the Leuven School for Mass Communication Research.
The relationship between media and well-being is the core subject of her research, leading to publications in several fields including gender studies, developmental psychology, sexology, body image, social relationships and communication theory. Currently, she is involved in several (international) research projects aimed to study how social marketing initiatives may increase adolescent well-being by focusing on factors that have not been understood well, such as the role of social relationships and personality. Part of these projects are embedded within the international network she has built throughout the years by spending periods abroad at, for instance, the Department of Psychology of the University of Michigan. Her work has led to several awards including the Top Dissertation Award from the Children, Adolescents and Media (CAM) Division of the International Communication Association (2014) and the 2013 Top Article Award, Tijdschrift voor Communicatiewetenschap.
Recent publications are:
Vandenbosch, L., Van Oosten, M., & Peter, J. (2015). The reciprocal relationship between sexual content on traditional media and social media: A longitudinal study among adolescent boys and girls. Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking, 1-7. doi:10.1089/cyber.2015.0197
Vandenbosch, L., & Eggermont, S. (2015). The interrelated roles of mass media and social networking sites in adolescents’ development of an objectified self-concept: A longitudinal study. Communication Research, 1-25. doi: 10.1177/0093650215600488
Vandenbosch, L. (2015). Antecedents of adolescents’ exposure to different types of sexually explicit Internet material: A longitudinal study. Computers in Human Behavior, 50, 439-448. doi:10.1016/j.chb.2015.04.032