Henny Bos, Ph.D.

Henny BosHenny Bos, Ph.D, is Professor of Child Development and Education, and Endowed Chair in Sexual and Gender Diversity in Families and Youth, Research Institute of Child Development and Education at the University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Dr. Bos has been conducting a longitudinal study of Dutch lesbian families that is comparable to the NLLFS.

After graduating in Educational Sciences from Utrecht University in the Netherlands, Dr. Bos worked in the Department of Gay and Lesbian Studies at Utrecht University and with the Rutgers NISSO Group, where her research focused on gay and lesbian health and workplace issues. For her studies on parenting in planned lesbian families, Dr. Bos was awarded a PhD from the Department of Education, Faculty of Social and Behavioral Sciences, University of Amsterdam. While working on her PhD, Dr. Bos published on gay/lesbian issues in the workplace and co-edited the book Van Adoptie to Eiceldonatie: Op zoek naar oplossing voor onvruchtbaarheid (From Adoption to Oocyte Donation: Solutions for Infertility).

Dr. Bos is a member of the International School of Education and Development, the International Academy of Sex Research, the American Psychological Association, the Nederlandse Vereniging van Seksuologie ( NVVS—Dutch Association of Sexologists), and the Studiegroep Onderzoek Reproduktieve Technieken (SORT—Reproductive Techniques Research Study Group). As member of committees at NVVS and SORT, she has served as conference organizer. She was a special issue guest editor for the journals Patient, Education, and Counseling ("Cultural Factors in Infertility"), the Journal of Reproductive and Infant Psychology ("Infertility, Culture, and Psychology in Worldwide Perspective"), and the Journal of Psychosomatic Obstetrics & Gynecology ("The Influence of Social and Cultural Factors on Infertility and New Reproductive Technologies"). She has presented her research on planned lesbian families at many international conferences.

Between 2004 and 2007, Dr. Bos was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Amsterdam, working on a follow-up study of her thesis topic. During her post-doc fellowship, she wrote a proposal for a Ph.D. project on child adjustment, family relationships and family functioning in patchwork families, and she supervised the Ph.D. candidate who carried out this project. Together with Dr. Gartrell and Professor Hermanns, Dr. Bos also supervised a Ph.D. candidate, Loes van Gelderen, whose dissertation was based on the NLLFS and who was awarded her Ph.D. on 12-28-2012.

In July 2007, Dr. Bos was appointed Assistant Professor at the Department of Education of the Faculty of Social and Behavioral Sciences, University of Amsterdam. Dr. Bos coordinates several masters' courses, and she supervises the research of graduate students. In the academic year 2007-2008, Dr. Bos was awarded "Teacher of the Year." The Faculty of Social and Behavioral Sciences also nominated her for the Young Academy of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Art and Sciences. In November, 2012, Dr. Bos was promoted to Associate Professor at the University of Amsterdam. In collaboration with Professor M.E. Lamb and Professor S. Golombok (University of Cambridge, UK), Dr. O. Vecho (Universite Paris Ouest-Nanterre La Defense, France) and Dr. M. Gross (Centre d'Etudes interdisciplinaires des faits, France), Dr. Bos and Dr. L. van Gelderen are working on a study of gay fathers who became parents through surrogacy.



Henny Bos, Teacher of the Year 2017 Dr. Bos received the American Psychological Association Division 44 Distinguished Scientific Contribution award for 2017.

Dr. Bos received the Teacher of the Year Award in the Department of Child Development and Education at the University of Amsterdam, May, 2017.


Articles by Dr. Henny Bos

(On topics other than the NLLFS)

Bos, H.M.W., Van Beusekom, G., & Sandfort, T.G.M. (2014). Sexual attraction and psychological adjustment in Dutch adolescents: Coping as a mediator. Archives of Sexual Behavior, 43, 1579- 1588. doi: 10.1007/s10508-014-0308-0.

Kuyper, L., & Bos, H. (2014). Redactioneel: Lesbische, homoseksuele en biseksuele jongeren in Nederland en Vlaanderen. [Editorial: lesbian, gay and bisexual youth in the Netherlands and Flandern]. Tijdschrift voor Seksuologie, 38, 47-48.

Van Beusekom, G., Collier, K., Bos, H.M.W., & Sandfort, T.G.M. (2014). Een literatuurstudie naar de psychosociale uitkomsten van negative bejegening door leeftijdgenoten gerelateerd aan de seksuele orientatie of genderidentiteit / expressie van jongeren. [A literature review on the psychosocial outcomes of negative treatment by peers because the adolescents’ sexual orientation or gender identity/expression]. Tijdschrift voor Seksuologie, 38, 49-57.

Baams, L., & Bos, H.M.W. (2014). Gender nonconformiteit, stigmatisering, en psychologisch welzijn van Nederlandse lesbische, homoseksuele, en biseksuele jongeren [Gender nonconformity, and psychological well-being in Dutch lesbian, gay and bisexual youth]. Tijdschrift voor Seksuologie, 38, 86-94.

Collier, K.L., Horn S.S., Bos, H.M.W., & Sandfort, Th G.M. (2014). Attitudes Toward Lesbians and Gays Among American and Dutch Adolescents. The Journal of Sex Research. Published online: Feb 10th 2014.

Burger, N., & Bos, H.M.W. (2013). Fatores de proteção e respetivos mecanismos de stress parental em familias planeadas de lésbicas [Protective factors and their mechanisms for parental stress within planned lesbian families]. Familias no plural: Alargar o cenceito, larger o preconceito (pp 21- 36). [Families is plural: broadening concepts, narrowing prejuduces]. ILGA Portugal: Lisboa.

Van de Bongardt, D., Bos, H.M.W., & Mouthaan, I. (2013). Sexual and relational education: Dutch Teachers' practices, experiences, and competence recommendations. Society for International Education Journal, 7, 76- 103.

Van Bergen, D., Felten, H., Bos, H.M.W., & Schuyf, J. (2013). Antipest-aanpak kan niet zonder oog voor homo-intolerantie. Sociale Vraagstukken.

Collier, K., Van Beusekom, G., Bos, H.M.W., & Sandfort, T.G.M. (2013). The consequences of peer victimization related to sexual orientation and gender identity or expression; A systematic review. Journal of Sex Research, 50, 299-317. doi: 10.1080/00224499.2012.750639.

Baams, L., Beek, T., Hille, H., Zevenbergen, F.C., & Bos, H.M.W. Bos (2013). Gender nonconformity, and psychological well-being in Dutch sexual minority youth: A mediation analysis. Archives of Sexual Behavior, 42, 765-774. doi: 1 0.1007/s10508-012-0055-z.

Collier, K.L., Bos, H.M.W., Merry, M.S., Sandfort, T.G.M. (2013). Gender, ethnicity, religiosity, and same-sex sexual attraction and the acceptance of same-sex sexuality and gender non-conformity. Sex Roles, 68, 724–737. doi: 10.1007/s11199-012-0135-5.

Van Bergen, D. B., Bos, H. M.W., Van Lisdonk, J. T. A., Keuzenkamp, S.,&  Sandfort, T. G. (2013). Victimization and suicidality among Dutch lesbian, gay, and bisexual   youth. American Journal of Public Health, 103, 70-72. doi:10.2105/AJPH.2012.300797.

Van Beusekom, G., Roodenburg, S., & Bos, H.M.W. (2012). Seksuele aantrekking tot hetzelfde geslacht en gender non-conformiteit: Confrontaties met homofobie en buitensluiting door leeftijdgenoten [Same-sex attraction and gender nonconformity: Confrontations with homophobia and peer exclusion by peers]. Kind en Adolescent, 33, 251-263.

Collier, K.L. Bos, H.M.W., & Sandfort, T.G.M. (2012). Homophobic name-calling among secondary school students and its implications for mental health. Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 42, 363-374. doi: 10.1007/s10964-012-9823-2.

Bos, H. M.W., & Keuzenkamp, S. (2012). Editorial “Ervaringen van lesbische vrouwen en homoseksuele mannen met stigmatisering in de Nederlandse context” [Editorial “Experiences of lesbian women and gay men with stigmatization in the Netherlands]. Tijdschrift voor Seksuologie, 36, 229-231.

Van Husen, G., Bos, H.M.W., & Cremer, S.W. (2012). Minderheidstress bij homoseksuele, lesbische en biseksuele Amsterdammers [Minority stress among gay, lesbian, and bisexual inhabitants of Amsterdam]. Tijdschrift voor Seksuologie, 36, 250- 258.

Van de Bongardt, D., & Bos, H.M.W. (2012). Hedendaagse ervaringen met homonegativiteit van lesbische en biseksuele vrouwen in Nederland [Contemporary experiences with homonegativity of lesbian and bisexual women in the Netherlands]. Tijdschrift voor Seksuologie, 36, 232-240.

Vonk, M., & Bos, H.M.W. (2012). Duo-moederschap in Nederland vanuit juridisch en sociologisch perspectief. Familie & Recht, 10.5553/FenR/.000005.

Hakvoort, E.M., Bos, H.M.W.,Van Balen, F., & Hermanns, J.M.A. (2012). Spill over between mothers’ post-divorce relationships: The mediating role of parenting stress. Personal Relationships, 19, 247-254.

Bos, H.M.W., Picavet, C., & Sandfort, Th. G.M. (2012). Ethnicity, gender socialization, and children’s attitudes towards gay men and lesbian women. Journal of Cross-cultural Psychology, 43, 1082-1094.

Collier, K. L., Bos, H. M.W., & Sandfort, T. G. M. (2012). Intergroup contact, attitudes toward homosexuality, and the role of acceptance of gender non-conformity in young adolescents. Journal of Adolescence, 35, 899- 907.

Baams, L., Jonas, K.J., Utz, S., Bos, H.M.W., Van der Vuurst, L. (2011). Internet use and online social support among same sex attracted individuals of different ages. Computers in Human Behavior, 27, 1820-1827.

Bos, H.M.W., & Van Rooij, F. (2011). Homoseksuele mannen die na hun coming-out vader zijn geworden [Gay men who became fathers after their coming-out]. Pedagogiek, 31, 83-102.

Bos, H.M.W., Van Rooij, F., Sandfort, Th.G.M. (2011). De genderidentiteit van kinderen in twee-moeder en vader-moeder gezinnen [Gender identity fo children in two-mother families and father-mother families]. Tijdschrift voor Gender Studies, 4, 4-17.

Hakvoort, E.M., Bos, H.M.W., van Balen, F., & Hermanns, J.M.A. (2011). Post-divorce relationships in families and children's psychosocial adjustment. Journal of Divorce and Remarriage, 52, 125-146.

Hakvoort, E.M., Bos, H.M.W., van Balen, F., & Hermanns, J.M.A. (2011). Kinderen in stiefgezinnen: Relaties met vaders en stiefvaders [Children in stepfather families: Relationships with fathers and stepfathers]. Pedagogiek, 31, 68-82.

Picavet, C., De Graaf, H., Bos, H. (2011). Gastredactioneel: sekse, gender en seks. Inleiding op het themanummer ‘Mannen komen van Mars en vrouwen van Venus’[Guest editorial: Sex, gender, and sexual behavior]. Tijdschrift voor Seksuologie, 35, 123-124.

Tavecchio, L., & Bos, H.M.W. (2011). Inleiding op het themanummer ‘Vaderschap, rol van vaders in opvoeding van kinderen en diversiteit in vaderschap’ [Fatherhood, role of fathers in childrearing and the diversity in fatherhood]. Pedagogiek, 31, 3-10.

Bos, H.M.W. (2010). Planned gay father families in kinship arrangements. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Family Therapy, 31, 356–371.

Bos, H., & Sandfort, Th. (2010). Children's gender identity in lesbian and heterosexual two-parent families. Sex Roles, 62, 114-126.

Bos, H. M.W., & van Balen, F. (2010). Children of the new reproductive technologies: social and genetic parenthood. Accepted for publication in Patient Education and Counseling.

Sandfort, Th. G. M., Bos, H.M.W., Collier, K. & Metselaar, M. (2010). School environment and the mental health of sexual minority youth: A study among Dutch young adolescents. Accepted for publication in the American Journal of Public Health.

Hakvoort, E.M. , Bos, H.M.W., van Balen, F., & Hermanns, J.M. (2010). Family relationships and the psychosocial adjustment of school–aged children in intact families. The Journal of Genetic Psychology, 171, 182–201.

Udell, W., Sandfort, T., Reitz, E., Bos, H., & Dekovic, M. (2010). The relationship between early sexual debut and future psychosocial outcomes: An exploratory analysis. Archives of Sexual Behavior, 39, 1133–1145.

Bos, H., & Sandfort, Th. (2010). Children's gender identity in lesbian and heterosexual two–parent families. Sex Roles, 62, 114–126.

Van Balen, F., & Bos, H. (2009). The social and cultural consequences of being childless in poor–resource areas. Facts, Vies, & Vision. The Low Countries. Journal of Obstetrics, Gynaecology, & Reproductive Health, 1, 106–121.

Bos, H.M.W. & Van Balen, F. (2008). Children in planned lesbian families: stigmatization, psychological adjustment and protective factors. Culture, Health, & Sexualities, 10, 221–236.

Bos, H.M.W., Sandfort, Th. G.M., de Bruyn, E.H., & Hakvoort, E. (2008). Same–sex attraction, social relationships, psychological functioning, and school performance in young adolescents. Developmental Psychology, 44, 59–68.

Bos, H.M.W, & Van Rooij, F. B. (2007). The influence of social and cultural factors on infertility and new reproductive technologies. Journal of Psychosomatic Obstetrics & Gynecology, 28, 65–68.

Bos, H.M.W. , & Hakvoort, E. M. (2007). Child adjustment and parenting in planned lesbian families with known and as–yet–unknown donors. Journal of Psychosomatic Obstetrics & Gynecology, 28, 121–129.

Bos, H.M.W., Van Balen, F. & Van den Boom, D.C. (2007). Child adjustment and parenting in planned lesbian–parent families. American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, 77, 38–48.

Kef, S., & Bos, H.M.W. (2006). Is love blind? Sexual behavior and psychological adjustment of adolescents with blindlessness. Sexuality and Disability, 24, 89–100.

Bos, H.M.W.,Van Balen, F., & Visser, A. (2005). Social and cultural factors in infertility and childlessness. Patient, Education, & Counseling, 59, 263–275.

Bos, H.M.W.,Van Balen, F., & Van Den Boom, D.C. (2005). Lesbian families and family functioning: An overview. Patient, Education, & Counseling, 59, 263–275.

Bos, H.M.W., Van Balen, F., & Van Den Boom, D.C. (2004). Experience of parenthood, couple relationship, social support, and child rearing goals in planned lesbian families. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 45, 755–764.

Van Balen, F., & Bos, H.M.W. (2004). Guest editorial special issue “Infertility, culture, and psychology in worldwide perspective.Journal of Reproductive and Infant Psychology, 22, 245–248.

Bos, H.M.W., Van Balen, F., Sandfort, Th. G. M., & Van Den Boom, D.C. (2004). Minority stress, experience of parenthood, and child adjustment in lesbian families. Journal of Reproductive and Infant Psychology, 22, 291–305.

Bos, H.M.W., Van Balen, F., & Van Den Boom, D.C. (2003). Planned lesbian families: their desire and motivation to have a child. Human Reproduction, 18, 2216–1114.


Book Chapters by Dr. Henny Bos

Sandfort, Th.G.M., Bos, H.M.W., & Vet, R. (2005). Lesbians and gay men at work: consequences of being out. In A.M. Omoto, & H.S. Kurtzman (Ed.), Sexual orientation, mental health, and substance use: contemporary scientific perspectives (pp. 225–245). London: Sage Publications.