The mission of the Optentia Research Focus Area is to develop and organise knowledge for the optimal expression of individual, social and institutional potential, with specific interest in the African context. The research programme utilises the inputs from various disciplines in the social sciences, including Psychology, Industrial/Organisational Psychology, Human Resource Management, Educational Psychology, Sociology, Educational Sciences, Employment Relations, and Social Work.

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Two Doctors for Optentia

Rachele Paver received her joint PhD in Industrial Psychology from the North-West University in South Africa and KU Leuven in Belgium. The thesis focused on vocational interventions for the unemployed. Prof. Ian Rothmann, Prof. Ha...Read article

Can free schools in South Africa reduce HIV risk?

Prof. Franziska Meinck, extraordinary professor in Optentia, and her co-researchers wanted to examine why adolescent girls are engaging in risky sexual behaviour. They also wanted to find out if a government policy such as free sc...Read article

Multidisciplinary discussions on research regarding leadership development in nutrition in Africa

Prof Johann Jerling and Dr Christine Taljaard-Krugel of the Nutrition Leadership Programme (ANLP) recently visited Optentia to discuss research on leadership development in Africa. The aim of the ANLP is to develop individual and ...Read article

Three new exciting titles in Positive Psychology from Springer

Positive psychological interventions (PPIs) have emerged as popular mechanisms to facilitate the development of positive thoughts, feelings, and behaviors across functional discipline domains. In recent years, the applicability of...Read article

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