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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Making a meaningful contribution: The role of consulting psychologists

On 17 August 2017 Prof. Ian Rothmann presented a paper at a conference for consulting psychologists at the University of South Africa. The title of the presentation was: "Making a meaningful contribution towards the psycholog...Read article

Three Optentia members at the IAGG 2017 Global Conference in San Francisco

The world meeting of the International Association of Geriatric and Gerontology (IAGG) is currently being held in San Francisco with almost 6000 participants - the largest ever congress on ageing in the world. It demonstrates how ...Read article

Understanding and dealing with unemployment: Filling in the picture

On 25 July 2017, Prof. Ian Rothmann and three PhD candidates, Melinda du Toit, Leoni van der Vaart, and Rachele Paver presented a symposium on understanding and dealing with unemployment at the Annual Conference of the Society for...Read article

Khulu Radebe: Taking small steps to beat unemployment

Khulu Radebe, a temporary support staff member of Optentia over the past three years has resigned with effect from 21 July 2017. Khulu initially became involved in the “Experiences of Unemployment” joint research proje...Read article

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Recent publications

August 2017

Making meaning of inclusive education: Classroom practices in Finnish and South African classrooms.

Compare: A Journal of Comparative and International Education

July 2017

A psychosocial typology of the unemployed in South Africa.

South African Journal of Psychology

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