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Department of Educational Sciences and Psychology
Research Projects of Educational and Differential Psychology at TU Dortmund University

Topic: COMPARE-school: school success, psychosocial adjustment, and subjective well-being

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COMPARE-school is part of the joint project COMPARE (Children of mentally ill parents at risk evaluation), which deals with the effects of parental mental illness on their children. Children of mentally ill parents not only have an increased risk of developing mental illness themselves, but they may also show abnormalities in other areas (e.g., regarding emotional or social skills).

COMPARE measures the effects of psychotherapy for parents on their children and examines whether additional parent training (Triple P) can help these children and their parents beyond that (see The joint project is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). Universities and research outpatient clinics from all over Germany are participating.

The COMPARE-school subproject is concerned with the general and domain-specific well-being, school success, and psychosocial adjustment of children and adolescents. One goal of our COMPARE-school project is to recruit a school-based comparison sample. Thus, we do not collect data on behavioral problems from the school sample and the parents, but focus on school-specific aspects of well-being and the school performance of the children in the comparison sample.

Contact persons (scientific director): Dr. Linda Wirthwein and Prof. Dr. Ricarda Steinmayr

Contact persons (research assistants): Helene Eckert

Funded by: Federal Ministry of Education and Research

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