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Prof. Dr. Sabine Walper is Professor of Education and Youth Research at the Ludwig-Maximilians-University in Munich and Research Director at the German Youth Institute (DJI) in Munich, Germany. She received her academic training in Psychology and Educational Science at the Heinrich-Heine University Duesseldorf, the Technical University Berlin (Germany), and at the University of California at Berkeley (USA).

Her research addresses a variety of family issues and their links to child well-being, in particular developmental conditions of children and youth in separated and stepfamilies as well as families in poverty and other risk conditions. She is Co-Principle Investigator of the German Family Panel pairfam, a large interdisciplinary multi-cohort and multi-actor longitudinal study on intimate relationships and family life in Germany ( Since 2008/2009 pairfam provides data from annual assessments to the scientific community.

As Research Director of the German Youth Institute, Sabine Walper is also involved in large replicative survey studies on families, children and youth aiming to provide insight in changing developmental conditions for young people in Germany (e.g., AID:A – Growing Up in Germany), including studies targeting early childhood and governmental programs of Early Prevention (KiD 0-3). Sabine Walper is member of the Scientific Council for Family Issues of the Federal Ministry for Family, Seniors, Women and Youth. She is Chair of the Scientific Council at the State Institute for Early Education, a member of the Commission for the Rights of Children at the Family Law Court of Germany and President of the German League for the Child. She serves on several editorial and review boards.

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