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A.J.D. (Nadia) Bij de Vaate

Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences
CW : Youth & Media Entertainment

Visiting address
  • Nieuwe Achtergracht 166
Postal address
  • Postbus 15791
    1001 NG Amsterdam
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  • Profile

    Nadia Bij de Vaate is a postdoctoral researcher in the Amsterdam School of Communication Research (ASCoR) at the University of Amsterdam. As of September 2021, she is a member of project AWeSome (Adolescents, Well-being, and Social media). This project investigates the effects of social media use on adolescent well-being using an idiographic approach. Her research interests generally include how adolescents shape who they are and how they feel resulting from the emergence and continuation of social media usage. 

    Nadia obtained her Master’s degree in Communication Science in 2016 at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (cum laude). In 2017, she acquired an NWO Research Talent Grant for a PhD project to investigate how social media use impacts adolescent well-being and body image. She completed her dissertation “Unraveling social media effects: How the intertwinement of online content and user behaviors guides mental health and body image”. Her dissertation specifically focused on how variation in created and seen content on social media can impact mental health and body image differently. During her PhD trajectory, she was also a lecturer at the department of Communication Science at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. 

    Expertise and research fields 

    • Social media
    • Well-Being
    • Self-presentation

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  • Research

    Research methods

    • Surveys
    • Content analysis 
    • Interviews
    • Daily diary  

    Current research projects

    Project AWeSome:  Project AWeSome stands for Adolescents, Well-being & Social Media. It aims to investigate questions about the relationship between adolescents’ social media use and their well-being.

    Research grants & honours

    NWO Research Talent Grant (finished

  • Publications


    • Bij de Vaate, N. A. J. D., Veldhuis, J., & Konijn, E. A. (2023). Ethno-racial identity and digitalisation in self-presentation: a large-scale Instagram content analysis. Behaviour and Information Technology, 42(13), 2210-2225.
    • Bij de Vaate, N. A. J. D., Veldhuis, J., & Konijn, E. A. (2023). The impact of seeing and posting photos on mental health and body satisfaction: A panel study among Dutch and Japanese adolescents. Computers in Human Behavior, 148, [107906].


    • Masur, P. K., Veldhuis, J., & Bij de Vaate, N. (2022). There is no easy answer: How the interaction of content, situation, and person shapes the effect of social media use on well-being. In D. Rosen (Ed.), The social media debate: Unpacking the social, psychological, and cultural effects of social media (pp. 187-202). (Routledge Debates in Digital Media Studies). Routledge. [details]



    • Bij de Vaate, N. A. J. D., Veldhuis, J., & Konijn, E. A. (2020). How online self-presentation affects well-being and body image: A systematic review. Telematics and Informatics, 47, [101316].
    • Veldhuis, J., Alleva, J. M., Bij de Vaate, N. A. J. D., Keijer, M., & Konijn, E. A. (2020). Me, my selfie, and I: The relations between selfie behaviors, body image, self-objectification, and self-esteem in young women. Psychology of Popular Media, 9, 3-13.


    • Welbers, K., Konijn, E. A., Burgers, C., Bij de Vaate , A., Eden, A., & Brugman, B. (2019). Gamification as a tool for engaging student learning: A field experiment with a gamified app. E-Learning and Digital Media, 16(2), 92-109.
    • Yellowlees, R., Dingemans, A. E., Veldhuis, J., & Bij de Vaate, A. J. D. (2019). Face Yourself(ie): Investigating selfie-behavior in females with severe eating disorder symptoms. Computers in Human Behavior, 101, 77-83.


    • Bij de Vaate, N. A. J. D., Veldhuis, J., Alleva, J. M., Konijn, E. A., & van Hugten, C. H. M. (2018). Show your best self(ie): An exploratory study on selfie-related motivations and behavior in emerging adulthood. Telematics and Informatics, 35, 1392-1407.
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