Profile of the research cluster
A core aim of this research cluster is to identify the (pre-)conditions that prevent psychological disorders and diseases. Therefore, we examine the healthy development of children, adolescents, adults and the elderly. We focus on questions, such as »Which environmental conditions, attitudes and lifestyle behaviors support a healthy and normal development?«
It is critical to consider the increasing diversity of our society, both in regards to people with different cultural backgrounds, as well as in regards to the demographic change and subsequent population aging. This requires a culturally- and age-related sensitive research approach that explores the criteria for healthy developmental processes. Besides, the research focus on mental health, its preservation and prevention measures are of high societal value as psychological- and psychosomatic disorders as well as addictive disorders are the most common causes of absence from work, early retirement and premature mortality.
Another objective of this research cluster is the development and evaluation of therapeutic programs for clinical pictures and the investigation of cause-and-effect of psychotherapy.