Ferdi Bekken MSc became involved in the living group climate research during the bachelor degree course in Educational Sciences. Living group climate was first the subject of his bachelor dissertation and later his master’s dissertation. During his master, Ferdi also coordinated the national cross sectional longitudinal living group climate research. After completing his study, Ferdi spent several years in the field working with young people with behavioural problems and became involved in the research again in June 2014. Ferdi’s work consists of coordinating different research projects and managing contact with different practical institutions. In his doctoral research, Ferdi addresses the mutual influences and relationships in relation to the living group climate.
In his doctoral research, Ferdi addresses the mutual influences and relationships between youngsters on living group in youth care institutions and Correctional Institutions for Juvenile Offenders. Issues that are addressed include how young people influence each other, the influence that mutual relationships have in this and the role played by staff in creating a positive mutual interaction. The aim is to create an atmosphere in which young people influence each other positively with the result that after serving their sentence or stay young people are less likely to get into trouble. Promotor is Prof. Geert Jan Stams (University of Amsterdam) supervises this research with dr. Peer van der Helm.