Research family relations and parenting in the Caribbean Netherlands

Child rearing and habits in families look different everywhere. There are fine and less fine sides to parenting and how family members treat each other. This can happen with a lot of love and attention, but also with quarrels or violence.

ZJCN onderzoek familierelaties

ZJCN research on family relationships

The Care and Youth Caribbean Netherlands programme directorate of the Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport (VWS) has set up a study to find out how adults and young people view the fine and less fine sides of parenting and (love) relationships on Bonaire, Saba and Sint Eustatius. The results of this research will be used to develop policies that can support families and households on Bonaire, Saba and Sint Eustatius.

Understanding experience and attitudes

Government support in the area of parenting and family relations should match the needs of people on Bonaire, Saba and Sint Eustatius. Therefore, it is important to gain more insight into the experience and attitudes of young people and adults regarding family relations and parenting. The participation of residents of Saba, St Eustatius and Bonaire in the survey is much needed. Based on the results from the survey, advice on policy and implementation will be provided.


An important part of the survey is a questionnaire. Questions in this survey are about how people in the Caribbean Netherlands view parenting and family relationships. The questionnaire is available in four languages (Dutch, Papiamentu, Spanish and English) and will be presented on various social media channels of the islands. The questionnaire can be found at

The survey

The research is conducted by Leiden University in cooperation with UNICEF-the Netherlands and University of Curaçao. The central question of the research is what are the attitudes of young people, parents and professionals towards parenting, domestic violence and child abuse on Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba. The researchers will engage with the Public Entities and local partners on each island. Professionals, young people and adults from the islands will also be interviewed and group discussions will take place. The research further consists of desk research, in-depth interviews, quantitative (baseline) measurement and group discussions. In addition, there is a sounding board group for each island that contributes to the implementation of the study. The study is expected to be completed in the autumn.

Do you have any questions about the study?

Feel free to ask Merel Griffith-Lendering, principal investigator. Tel. +5999 6681983 or via email