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Mental Health

Our research focus on social, psychological and biological factors linked to mental health. A broad specter of qualitative and quantitative methods is utilized to explore vulnerability, prevalence, interventions, and social and cultural aspects associated with mental health.

This research group belongs to the Faculty of Health Sciences.

Mental healthcare is an interdisciplinary profession and a new field of research. There is an increasing acknowledgement that the quality of relational work is decisive for achieving results in various activities and treatments related to mental healthcare.

The focus of this relational work is to strengthen clients’/patients’ ability to use own resources through different interventions and treatment modalities. Resilience, that is, the ability to manage in spite of difficult life experiences that can influence mental health and quality of life, is central in this context. Since the development of resilience to a large degree is dependent on contexts and networks, the central premise of this research group is a focus on family and network perspectives on mental healthcare.

Head of Research Group

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  • Members

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    • More about the Research

      Cross-cultural and interdisciplinary understanding is a precondition for good health- and social work. Research both at the individual- and system levels will therefore be central for the research group.

      The research group will focus on health promoting processes that can prevent development of mental illness as well as interventions improving the prognosis of those who already are suffering of mental illness. We aim to synthesize knowledge that is highly relevant to clinical practice and to teach bachelor students, advanced students and master students who all will be responsible in providing care and treatment for people with mental health problems and mental disorders.

      In particular, the importance of relational work will be addressed in these research aspects of mental healthcare.

    • Projects

      • The therapeutic relation
      • Domestic violence/ Intimate partner violence
      • Literature and psychology
      • Mental health and quality of life by asylum seekers and refugees
      • Children of traumatized refugees
      • Serious traumatization and its treatment
      • Traumatic dreams
      • Violence risk assessment
      • Somatic health among patients with mental disorder and/or substance use disorders
      • Family and work with relatives. Young caretakers
      • Children in court
      • Students’ relational competence
    • Collaboration

      We have extensive collaborations with national and international research groups.