Background and activities


Jolene van der Kaap-Deeder works as an Associate Professor in Development and Psychopathology at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU). In most of her work, she employs the theoretical framework of the Self-Determination Theory (SDT) thereby focusing on topics such as the psychological needs, autonomy-supportive and controlling parenting, motivation, and emotion regulation.

Emotion Crafting

Jolene also obtained funding from the Research Council of Norway (Researcher Project for Young Talents) to examine the topic of emotion crafting (i.e., the EMOCRAFT project). The purpose of the EMOCRAFT project is to gain more insight into how late adolescents can actively contribute to their own emotional functioning which we call ‘emotion crafting’. Specifically, we want to examine how late adolescents can create more positive emotions in their daily life. This project first aims to examine what fosters such emotion crafting in late adolescents, where we for instance will look at how optimal parenting can increase adolescents' ability to engage in emotion crafting. Second, we want to determine what the consequences are of emotion crafting. It is, for instance, expected that emotion crafting will not only result in more positive emotions but also a higher level of self-esteem and a better quality of social relationships.

Trondheim Early Secure Study (TESS)

Jolene is also a member of the TESS-research group. TESS started in 2007 and comprises a sample of 1,250 children drawn from the 2003 and 2004 birth cohorts and their parents in Trondheim, Norway. The participants were examined when the children were 4 years old and they have been followed up biennally with in-depth interviews, questionnaires, tests, and observations.

Scientific, academic and artistic work