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Articles in peer-reviewed journals


Ramaekers, M.J.M., E. Verbakel, & G. Kraaykamp. Informal volunteering and socialization effects: Examining modelling and encouragement by parents and partner. Voluntas, 2021, doi: 10.1007/s11266-021-00315-z. [Download]


Blom, N., E. Verbakel, & G. Kraaykamp (2020). Couples’ job insecurity and relationship satisfaction in the Netherlands. Journal of Marriage and Family, 82(3): 875-891, [Download]

Zantvliet, P.I. van, K. Ivanova, & E. Verbakel (2020). Adolescents’ involvement in romantic relationships and problem behavior: The moderating effect of peer norms. Youth & Society, 52(4): 574-591, doi: 10.1177/0044118X17753643. [Download] [Download]


Blom, N., G. Kraaykamp, & E. Verbakel. (2019) Current and expected economic hardship and satisfaction with family life in Europe. Journal of Family Issues, 40(1): 3-32, doi: 10.1177/0192513X18802328. [Download]

Swinkels, J., T. van Tilburg, E. Verbakel, & M. Broese van Groenou. (2019). Explaining the gender gap in the caregiving burden of partner caregivers. Journal of Gerontology - Social Sciences, 74(2): 309-317, [Download]


Verbakel, E. (2018). How to understand informal caregiving patterns in Europe? The role of formal long-term care provisions and family care norms. Scandinavian Journal of Public Health, 46(4): 436–447, doi: 10.1177/1403494817726197. [Download]

Verbakel, E., S.F. Metzelthin, & G.I.J.M. Kempen (2018). Caregiving to older adults: Determinants of informal caregivers’ subjective well-being and formal and informal support as alleviating conditions. Journal of Gerontology - Social Sciences, 73(6): 1099-1111, doi: 10.1093/geronb/gbw047. [Download]

Verbakel, E. and C.W.S. Monden (2018). Higher well-being with similar partner? Testing the similarity hypothesis for socio-demographic characteristics. SocArXiv, July 5, doi:10.31235/ [Download]


Blom, N., G. Kraaykamp, & E. Verbakel (2017). Couples’ division of employment and household chores and relationship satisfaction: A test of the specialization and equity hypotheses. European Sociological Review, 33(2): 195-208, doi: 10.1093/esr/jcw057. [Download]

Lescure, D., S. Schepman, R. Batenburg, T.A. Wiegers, & E. Verbakel (2017). Preferences for birth center care in the Netherlands: An exploration of ethnic differences. BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth, 17:79, doi: 10.1186/s12884-017-1254-3. [Download]

Metzelthin, S.F., E. Verbakel, M.Y. Veenstra, J. van Exel, A.W. Ambergen, & G.I.J.M. Kempen (2017). Positive and negative outcomes of informal caregiving at home and in institutionalised long-term care: a cross-sectional study. BMC Geriatrics, 17:232, doi: 10.1186/s12877-017-0620-3. [Download]

Meuleman, R., G. Kraaykamp, & E. Verbakel (2017). Do female colleagues and supervisors influence family role attitudes? A three-level test of exposure explanations among employed men and women in 27 European countries. Journal of Marriage and Family, 79(1): 277-293, doi: 10.1111/jomf.12335. [Download]

Notten, N., D. Grunow, & E. Verbakel (2017). Social policies and families in stress. Gender and educational differences in work-family conflict from a European perspective. Social Indicators Research, 132(3): 1281-1305, doi: 10.1007/s11205-016-1344-z. [Download]

Verbakel, E., S. Tamlagsrønning, L. Winstone, E.L. Fjær, & T.A. Eikemo (2017). Informal care in Europe: findings from the European social survey (2014) special module on the social determinants of health. European Journal of Public Health, 27(suppl_1): 90-95, doi: 10.1093/eurpub/ckw229. [Download]


Jansen, L., T. Weber, G. Kraaykamp, & E. Verbakel (2016). Perceived fairness of the division of household labor: A comparative study in 29 countries. [Download]

Stam, K., I. Sieben, & E. Verbakel (2016). Arbeidsethos in Europa: Religieuze traditie of modernisering. Religie en Samenleving, 11(1): 6-30. [Download]

Peeters, L., D. Fettelaar, & E. Verbakel (2016). Gay and Straight Allianties op scholen: meer homotolerantie en een veiliger klimaat voor LHB-leerlingen? Tijdschrift voor Seksuologie, 40(2): 89-95. [Download]

Stam, K., I. Sieben, E. Verbakel, P.M & de Graaf (2016). Employment status and subjective well-being: the role of the social norm to work. Work, employment and society, 30(2): 309-333, doi: 10.1177/0950017014564602. [Download]


Verbakel, E. (2015). Mantelzorgers in Europa. De rol van betaalde arbeid, generositeit van de gezondheidszorg en nationale normen omtrent zorggedrag. Tijdschrift voor Arbeidsvraagstukken, 31(4): 468-490, doi: 10.5553/TvA/016922162015031004009. [Download]

Zantvliet, P.I. van, M. Kalmijn, E. & Verbakel (2015). Early partner choices of immigrants: The effect of preferences, opportunities, and parents on dating a native. Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, 41(5): 772-794, doi: 10.1080/1369183X.2014.948391. [Download]


Slenders, S., I. Sieben, & E. Verbakel (2014). Tolerance towards homosexuality in Europe: Population composition, economic affluence, religiosity, same-sex union legislation and HIV rates as explanations for country differences. International Sociology, 29(4): 348-367, doi: 10.1177/0268580914535825. [Download]

Stam, K., E. Verbakel, & P.M. de Graaf (2014). Do values matter? The impact of work ethic and traditional gender role values on female labour market supply. Social Indicators Research, 116(2): 593-610, doi: 10.1007/s11205-013-0287-x. [Download]

Verbakel, E. (2014). Informal caregiving and well-being in Europe: What can ease the negative consequences for caregivers? Journal of European Social Policy, 24(5): 424-441, doi: 10.1177/0958928714543902. [Download]

Verbakel, E. (2014). Toenemende publieke steun voor meer eigen verantwoordelijkheid in de zorg? Bestuurswetenschappen, 68(3): 5-23. [Download]

Verbakel, E. & M. Kalmijn (2014). Assortative mating among Dutch married and cohabiting same-sex and different-sex couples. Journal of Marriage and Family, 76(1): 1-12, doi: 10.1111/jomf.12084. [Download]

Zantvliet, P.I. van, M. Kalmijn, Matthijs, & E. Verbakel (2014). Parental involvement in partner choice: The case of Turks and Moroccans in the Netherlands. European Sociological Review, 30(3): 387-398, doi: 10.1093/esr/jcu045. [Download]


Akker, H. van den, J. Blaauw, M. Lubbers, R. van der Ploeg, P. Scheepers, & E. Verbakel (2013). Health and happiness among homosexual couples in Europe. International Psychiatry, 10(2): 31-33. [Download]

Jaspers, E. & E. Verbakel (2013). The division of paid labor in same-sex couples in the Netherlands. Sex Roles, 68(5): 335-348, doi: 10.1007/s11199-012-0235-2. [Download]

Sieben, I. & E. Verbakel (2013). Permissiveness toward divorce: The influence of divorce experiences in three social contexts. European Sociological Review, 29(6), 1175-1188, doi: 10.1093/esr/jct008. [Download]

Stam, K., E. Verbakel, & P.M. de Graaf (2013). Explaining variation in work ethic in Europe. Religious heritage rather than modernisation, the welfare state and communism. European Societies, 15(2): 268-289, doi: 10.1080/14616696.2012.726734. [Download]

Verbakel E. (2013). Leisure values of Europeans from 46 countries. European Sociological Review, 29(3): 669-682, doi: 10.1093/esr/jcs046. [Download]

Verbakel, E. (2013). Occupational status of partnered gay men and lesbians in the Netherlands: How to explain the gap with men and women in heterosexual couples? Social Science Research, 42(3): 942-956, doi: 10.1016/j.ssresearch.2013.01.003. [Download]


Verbakel E. (2012). Subjective well-being by partnership status and its dependence on the normative climate. European Journal of Population, 28(2): 205-232, doi: 10.1007/s10680-012-9257-2. [Download]


Gesthuizen, M. & E. Verbakel (2011). Job preferences in Europe. Tests for scale invariance and examining cross-national variation using EVS. European Societies, 13(5): 663-686, doi: 10.1080/14616696.2010.514353. [Download]


Dohmen, A., E. Verbakel, & G. Kraaykamp (2010). Sociaal vertrouwen in de Europese context. Een multiniveauanalyse met 18 landen.

Verbakel, E. (2010). Partner’s resources and adjusting working hours in the Netherlands: Differences over time, between levels of human capital, and over the family-cycle. Journal of Family Issues, 31(10): 1324-1362, doi: 10.1177/0192513X09360188. [Download]

Verbakel, E. & E. Jaspers (2010). A comparative study on permissiveness towards euthanasia: Religiosity, slippery slope, autonomy, and death with dignity. Public Opinion Quarterly, 74(1): 109-139, doi: 10.1093/poq/nfp074. [Download]


Verbakel, E. & P.M. de Graaf (2009). Partner effects on labour market participation and job level: Opposing mechanisms. Work, Employment & Society, 23(4): 635-654, doi: 10.1177/0950017009344909. [Download]


Verbakel, E. & P.M. de Graaf (2008). Resources of the partner: Support or restriction in the occupational career? Developments in the Netherlands between 1940 and 2003. European Sociological Review, 24(1): 81-95, doi: 10.1093/esr/jcm036. [Download]

Verbakel, E. & T.A. DiPrete (2008). The value of non-working time incorporated in quality of life comparisons: The case of the U.S. vs. the Netherlands. Social Forces, 87(2): 679-712, doi: 10.1353/sof.0.0125. [Download]

Verbakel, E., R. Luijkx, & P.M. de Graaf (2008). The association between husbands’ and wives’ labour market positions in the Netherlands. Research in Social Stratification and Mobility, 26(3): 257-276. [Download]


Verbakel, E. & P.M. de Graaf (2004). Contacten tussen broers en zussen: Traditionaliteit, homogeniteit en restricties. Mens en Maatschappij, 79(4), 389-410. [Download]


Book chapters

Gesthuizen, M. & E. Verbakel (2014). Work values in Europe: Modernization, globalization, institutionalization and their moderating impact on the occupational class effect. In: Wil Arts & Loek Halman (eds.), Value contrasts and consensus in present-day Europe. Leiden: Brill, pp. 329-353.

Meuleman, R., G. Kraaykamp, & E. Verbakel (2016). Bevorderen vrouwelijke collega’s en leidinggevenden egalitaire rolopvattingen van werkende mannen en vrouwen in Europa? In: Roza Meuleman, Gerbert Kraaykamp & Marion Wittenberg (red.), Nederland in context: Verschillen en overeenkomsten. Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press, pp. 80-105. [Download]

Meuleman, R., G. Kraaykamp, & E. Verbakel (2015). Rolopvattingen van mannen en vrouwen: Nederland in vergelijking. In: Jeroen Boelhouwer, Gerbert Kraaykamp & Ineke Stoop (red.), Nederland in Europees perspectief. Den Haag: Sociaal en Cultureel Planbureau, pp. 88-113.[Download]

Verbakel, E. (2011). Werken om te leven of leven om te werken? In: Loek Halman & Inge Sieben (red.), Respect man! Tolerantie, solidariteit en andere moderne waarden. Tilburg: Celsus juridische uitgeverij, pp. 137-149. [Download]

Verbakel, E. & E. Jaspers (2011). Fictie of feit: Vooroordelen over homo’s en lesbo’s getoetst. In: Gerbert Kraaykamp, Mark Levels, & Ariana Need (red.), Problemen en theorieën in onderzoek. Een staalkaart van de hedendaagse Nederlandse empirisch-theoretische sociologie. Assen: Koninklijke van Gorcum, pp. 261-275. [Download]


Book reviews

Verbakel, E. (2018). A review of: Langer zelfstandig. Ouder worden met hulpbronnen, ondersteuning en zorg, van Van Campen, C., J. Iedema, M. Broese van Groenou en D. Deeg, Den Haag: Sociaal en Cultureel Planbureau. Mens en Maatschappij, 93(1): 99-102. Book review, doi: [Download]

Verbakel, E. (2013). A review of: From parents to partners. The impact of family on romantic relationships in adolescence and emerging adulthood, van K. Ivanova, ICS dissertation. Mens en Maatschappij, 88(1): 115-118. Book review, doi: [Download]


Doctoral thesis

Verbakel, E. (2008). The partner as resource or restriction? Labour market careers of husbands and wives and the consequences for inequality between couples. ICS-dissertation, Nijmegen.


Professional publications

Blom, N., E. Verbakel, & G. Kraaykamp (2020). In de etalage: Baanonzekerheid en tevredenheid met de partnerrelatie in Nederland. Mens en Maatschappij, 95(4): 387-391.

Dekkers, S., G. Kraaykamp, & E. Verbakel (2020). Studenten op de Radboud Universiteit tijdens de coronacrisis. Cijfers uit de COVID-19 International Student Well-being Study. Rapport, augustus 2020

Dekkers, S., E. Verbakel, & J. Vink (2020). Studenten drinken minder alcohol tijdens coronacrisis., 27 augustus 2020:

Swinkels, J., T. van Tilburg, E. Verbakel, & M. Broese van Groenou (2019). In de etalage: Sekseverschillen in de ervaren zorgbelasting van partner-mantelzorgers. Mens en Maatschappij, 93(1): 85-87.

Zantvliet, P. van, K. Ivanova, & E. Verbakel (2019). In de etalage: Romantische relaties van adolescenten en hun welzijn: De modererende invloed van groepsnormen. Mens en Maatschappij, 94(4): 432-435.

Verbakel, E. (2018). Mantelzorgers vervangen professionele ondersteuning niet zomaar even., 21 mei 2018: