Psychosocial Well-being and Communal Thriving

This sub-programme aims to study the measurement and promotion of psychosocial well-being on three related levels, namely across a life-course, across life domains, and across cultures. Psychosocial well-being is conceived as a multi-dimensional and faceted construct which includes individual, social and community well-being.  Through theoretical and empirical studies, researchers in the sub-programme aim to gather knowledge about the antecedents, outcomes and dynamics of a broad spectrum of optimal functioning of individuals, groups, communities, and institutions.


Recent publications


The experiences of African Roman Catholic Church seminarians

Juma, J.O., Van der Merwe, K., & Du Toit, D.

HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies

The religious lives of students at a South African university.

Nell, W.

HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies

Experiencing a sense of calling: The influence of meaningful work on teachers’ work attitudes.

Willemse, M., & Deacon, E.

South African Journal of Industrial Psychology
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Prof. T. (Tumi) Khumalo

Sub-programme leader

Prof. S. (Silvia) Koller

Extraordinary professor

Prof. H. (Hans-Henrik) Knoop

Extraordinary professor

Dr K. (Karen) van der Merwe


Prof. W. (Werner) Nell


Dr J. (Johan) Steytler


Prof. C. (Chrizanne) van Eeden