Hannelore Stegen



Hannelore obtained her Master in Adult Educational Sciences at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) in 2019 with greatest distinction, and after working as scientific staff within the research group for one year, she started her PhD in 2020, funded by the Research Foundation Flanders (FWO). 

Her research focuses on the relation between childlessness and loneliness among older adults, and on how reasons for childlessness moderate this relation. For this research, both quantitative and qualitative methods (life story interviews) are used.  

Hannelore was also closely involved in the evaluation of 35 caring communities in Flanders and Brussels, funded by the King Baudouin Foundation (Fund Dr. Daniël De Coninck).  


  • Stegen, H. et al. (2024) Loneliness prevalence of community-dwelling older adults and the impact of the mode of measurement, data collection, and country: A systematic review and meta-analysis. International Psychogeriatrics, 1–15.
  • De Donder, L., Hoens, S., Stegen, H., Kint, O., & Smetcoren A.-S. (2021). Lokaal samenwerken in zorgzame buurten. (i.s.m. Fonds Dr. Daniël De Coninck, Koning Boudewijnstichting)
  • Pan, H. et al. (2023). Loneliness in Older Migrants: Exploring the Role of Cultural Differences in Their Loneliness Experience. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health20(4), 1-21. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph20042785

  • Stegen, H. (2020). Huisje-tuintje-kindje: Niet zo vanzelfsprekend? Actueel - Vlaamse Ouderenraad, 21(2), 21–22. 

  • Stegen, H., Switsers, L., & De Donder, L. (2021). Life Stories of Voluntarily Childless Older People: A Retrospective View on Their Reasons and Experiences. Journal of Family Issues, 42(7), 1536–1558. 
  • Switsers, L., Stegen, H., Van Regenmortel, S., & De Donder, L. (2021). Onderzoek naar de levensloop van ouderen: ervaringen met het McAdams-levensverhaalinterview. KWALON, 26(1), 53-63. 


For a full overview: Pure Databank 

ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-7954-645X  


  • Loneliness 
  • Childless older adults 
  • Caring communities 
  • Life stories (McAdams), life course research 


Email: hannelore.stegen@vub.be 

Telephone: +32 477 09 94 12