Research

 

The main focus areas of academic research activities carried out by members of the Institute of Mental Health are the mental health of individuals, families, communities and societies and issues related to the practical work of helping professionals. Research is centred on the following thematic priorities: 

1. Ageing
2. Families and relationships
3. Communities and social movements
4. Platforms and methods of empowerment
5. Religion and spirituality

All priority areas share the following features:

  • research on the various levels (individual, community and social) and components of mental health,
  • interdisciplinary approaches to mental health and the integration of several research fields,
  • methodological diversity. 

Research also includes interdisciplinary projects and projects aimed at developing model programmes. 

Current research projects within the priority areas: 

1. Ageing

Research areas: quality of life of elder people, care of older people, ICT, education for older people, social innovations,  family carers, volunteering, elder-friendly environment.

Ongoing projects:

The role of infocommunication and environment in the long term care of the elderly (Skype Care) - Zsuzsa Széman

MOPACT, Mobilising the potential of active ageing in Europe ( EU-funded research). A contribution to the research project run by the Institute for Sociology at the HAS Centre for Social Sciences – Zsuzsa Széman, Anette Mária Tróbert (PhD student)

ROSEnet (Reducing Old-Age Social Exclusion: Collaboration in Research and Policy, COST-programme) - Zsuzsa Széman, Anette Mária Tróbert (PhD student)

List of publications is aviable here.

 
2. Families and relationships

A longitudinal panel research on birth – Beáta Dávid (funded by the Hungarian Scientific Research Fund [OTKA])

Goals, self-regulation and positive functioning in partnerships – Tamás Martos (funded by OTKA)

Factors in partnership instability – Attila Pilinszki (PhD research project)

Family systems and the meaning of ‘home’ – Viola Sallay (PhD research project)

The practice of sexual education in Hungarian secondary grammar schools – Gábor Semsey (PhD research project)

 

3. Communities and social movements

Communities and charisma – Péter Török

Effectiveness research on psycho-social rehabilitation programmes – Szabolcs Török

Identity and mobility of Roma intellectuals – Tünde Szabó (PhD research project)

Value systems of Roma students in colleges for advanced studies – Péter Török

Social network of Roma students in colleges for advanced studies – Beáta Dávid

 

4. Platforms and methods of empowerment

Psychodrama research – Zsuzsa Marlok (funded by TÁMOP)

International research on well-being – Tamás Martos

Effectiveness research on psycho-social rehabilitation programmes – Szabolcs Török

 

5. Religion and spirituality

Spirituality among helping professionals – Teodóra Tomcsányi (funded by OTKA) 

Communities and charisma – Péter Török

Issues of repentance and resolving shame – dealing with the recent past in churches – Máté Joób 

 

Further research projects: 

Immortality of the soul in 16th century German Lutheran theology – Gábor Ittzés

Epic chronology in Paradise Lost – Gábor Ittzés

Edition of Melanchthon’s and Luther’s texts – Gábor Ittzés

Radical personality change (the phenomenology of coming to faith) – Endre Nagy