Intellectual Disabilities

Our research group focuses on people with intellectual disabilities. We address questions regarding mental health, models of positive psychology, theories of self-determination or quality of life. In the field of clinical psychology we focus on the development of strategies and methods for early detection of mental disorders or challenging behaviour. The human rights perspective acts as the social meta-framework of our research contributions.

Current Projects

Project: Mental Health and Intellectual Disabilities

People with intellectual disabilities (ID) experience major health inequalities and face multiple barriers and obstacles regarding their health and health care. Like those without ID, people with ID can be mentally ill or mentally healthy. Yet, there is no common understanding or definition of positive mental health in people with ID, which impairs the validity and significance of research on this topic and ultimately limits the quality of mental health care, treatment, assessment, and mental health promotion activities. This contributes heavily to the inequalities regarding mental health in people with ID and is in direct conflict with the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities by the United Nations (UN-CRPD).

The primary goal of the present project is to develop and provide the first definition of positive mental health in people with ID using a novel participatory approach.

Principal Investigator: Maga Drin Elisabeth Zeilinger

Project Term: 16.01.2023 - 15.01.2026