Prof.dr. N.L. Stevens



Present     : Wednesday 

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Nan Stevens is part-time Professor of Applied Social Gerontology at the VU University Amsterdam.
Her major interests are developing interventions to improve the well-being of older adults and studying the effectiveness of various interventions designed to reduce loneliness.

She is currently involved in a study of a friendship program for adults 18-80 years old, organized by the Netherlands Red Cross. She is also studying change in the importance of friendship and supervising a study on the experience of retirement in different cohorts of older adults in the Longitudinal Aging Study Amsterdam. She has published on topics such as adaptation to widowhood, new partners, and loneliness in late adulthood.

Nan Stevens is also Associate Professor of psychogerontology in the Department of Developmental Psychology and Psychogerontology at the Radboud University Nijmegen.


Publications (Source: METIS VU)
Publicaties professor Stevens (juli 2009)

Stevens, N. L. (2009). Friendship in late adulthood. In H. T. Reis & S. K. Sprecher (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Human Relationships. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Verstraten, P. & Stevens, N.L. (2007). Building and maintaining a personal network: a training programme for visually impaired older adults. Grave: Sensis.

Stevens, N.L., Martina, C.M.S., Westerhof, G.J. (2006). Meeting the need to belong: Predicting effects of a friendship enrichment program for older women. The Gerontologist, 46, 495-502.

Martina, C.M.S. & Stevens, N.L. (2006). Breaking the cycle of loneliness?: Psychological effects of a friendship enrichment program for older women. Aging & Mental health. 10, 467-475.

Stevens, N.L. & Westerhof, G.J. (2006) Marriage, social integration and loneliness in the second half of life: A comparison of Dutch and German men and women. Research on Aging, 28, 713-729.

Stevens, N.L. & Westerhof, G.(2006). Partners and others: Social provisions and loneliness among married Dutch men and women in the second half of life. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, 23, 921-941.

Westerhof, G.J., Thissen, T., Dittmann-Kohli, F. & Stevens, N.L. (2006). What is the problem? A taxonomy of life problems and their relation to subjective well-being in middle and late adulthood. Social Indicators Research, 79 (1), 97-115.

Verstraten, P.F.J., Brinkmann, W.L.J.H, Stevens, N.L. & Schouten, J.S.A.G. (2005)
Loneliness, adaptation to vision impairment, social support and depression among visually impaired elderly. International Congress Series 1282, 317-321.

Stevens, N.(2004) Re-engaging: New partnerships in late life widowhood. In K. Davdison & G. Fennell (Eds.). Intimacy in later life (p.47-63), New Brunswick, USA: Transaction Publishers.

Timmer, E., Steverink, N., Stevens, N. & Dittmann-Kohli (2003). Personal concepts of stability in the second half of life. Journal of Aging Studies, 17, 427-443.

Stevens, N. (2002). Re-engaging: New partnerships in widowhood in later life. Aging International, 27 (4), 27-42.

Stevens, N. (2001). Combating loneliness: A friendship enrichment program for older women. Ageing and Society, 21, 183-202.

Stevens, N. & Tilburg, T.G van (2000). Stimulating friendship in later life: a strategy for reducing loneliness in older women. Educational Gerontology, 26:1, 15-35