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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When parent-figures care: The differential value that township-dwelling adolescents attach to resilience resources

Dr Angelique van Rensburg and Prof. Linda Theron recently presented a paper on resilience-enabling resources at the Pan-African Psychology Union Conference in Durban. There are increasingly frequent suggestions in the resilience l...Read article

International expert to focus on research challenges in inclusive education


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Prof. Rens van de Schoot shares his expertise

Prof. Rens van de Schoot (Utrecht University, The Netherlands), extraordinary professor in Optentia is a statistical expert. He shares his expertise in various short videos. Take note of the following short videos:

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Prof. Andries Baart met Queen Máxima

On 22 Augustus 2017, H.M. Queen Máxima of the Netherlands visited by surprise a shelter for lonely people in Delft, the old,  most beautiful and famous city of the painter Johannes Vermeer. Apart from the proper visit,...Read article

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