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International projects

PolRom - Identifying evidence-based methods to effectively combat discrimination of the Roma in the changing political climate of Europe
Identifikácia metód založených na dôkazoch, ktoré umožnia efektívne bojovať proti diskriminácii Rómov v meniacej sa politickej klíme v Európe
Program: Iné
Project leader: Mgr. Lášticová Barbara PhD.
Annotation:The main objective of the project is: (1)Identify the effects of political discourse on antigypsyism, and on negative and positive forms of collective action. (2) Evaluate and improve anti-discrimination interventions in terms of how they reduce prejudice, and influence collective action for and against the Roma. The following activities will be carried out throughout the project: (1) Public opinion surveys from representative samples in 5 countries (RO, HU, SK, IRE, FR) to measure the relationships between political discourse, antigypsyism and collective action intentions; (2) Content analysis of dominant political discourse regarding the Roma; (3) Systematic evaluation of anti-discrimination; (4) Lab experiments about the influence of social norms on collective action; (5)Focus group discussions with stakeholders (Roma representatives, local, national, and EU officials, NGOs); (6) Establishing a sounding forum to advise and evaluate project. Antigypsyism measure and survey results will be available in and outside academia. Recommendations will be disseminated directly to practitioners and stakeholders. The expected result is to create a toolkit to help design and improve anti-discrimination interventions. This toolkit will be based on a systematic analysis of the normative context of 5 European countries, public opinion surveys and experimental data, and an overview of interventions rolled out during the Roma inclusion decade. The project is supported by "Rights, Equality and Citizenship Programme", DG Justice and Consumers, grant number 808062 — PolRom — REC-AG-2017/REC-RDIS-DISC-AG-2017.
Duration: 1.11.2018 - 31.10.2020

National projects

INTERMIN - Interventions for Reducing Prejudice against Stigmatized Minorities: Developing measures and experimental testing of the contact hypothesis under field conditions.
Intervencie na zmierňovanie predsudkov voči stigmatizovaným minoritám. Vývoj meracích nástrojov a experimentálne testovanie kontaktnej hypotézy v terénnych podmienkach.
Program: APVV
Project leader: Mgr. Lášticová Barbara PhD.
Annotation:The main objective of the project is to create and experimentally test, via randomized controlled trials (RCT), the efficacy of intervention tools for reducing ethnic and racial prejudice and discriminatory behaviour towards Roma minority members from segregated communities. The project draws on research concerning positive consequences of direct (Pettigrew, Tropp, 2011), imagined (Miles, Crisp, 2014) and vicarious contact (Vezzali et al., 2014) for prejudice reduction. First, we will choose tools for explicit and implicit prejudice measurement, adapt them to the Roma minority as a target outgroup, and validate them in the Slovak context. Second, we will develop and pilot-test three types of interventions, based on three different types of contact (direct, imagined, vicarious) and choose the one with the strongest effect. Third, in the main field experiment via RCT in Slovak high schools, we will test the effect of this main intervention on dependent variables such as attitudes, prejudice and behavioural intentions. Secondary transfer will also be measured, i.e. possible generalization of positive consequences of interventions concerning Roma minority on attitudes towards other stigmatized minorities (Harwood et al, 2010). Fourth, Correspondence Test of Discrimination (Bertrand & Mullainathan, 2004) will be used to test the effect of the main intervention on discriminatory behaviour of the high school pupils towards Roma from marginalized communities. Fifth, we will test the durability of effect of the main intervention and the possibilities of multiplication of project results in secondary education.
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Duration: 1.7.2015 - 30.6.2019

New media and lowering the threshold for civic participation in less participating groups: analysis of best practices, “white crow” cases and subjective barriers of participation in Slovakia
Nové médiá a znižovanie prahu pre občiansku participáciu u málo participujúcich skupín: analýza príkladov dobrej praxe,
Program: VEGA
Project leader: Mgr. Petrjánošová Magda PhD.
Annotation:In general, a positive influence of new media on civic participation is assumed, but in order to effectively use them it is necessary to have access (digital inequality) and to acquire specific skills (digital literacy). In Slovakia, digital literacy is distributed unevenly in connection to age and economic income. That could limit specific groups in their wish to participate online (and thus replicate the unequal opportunities characteristic for participation in general). Therefore we concentrate on civically active as well as non-active individuals with a special focus on generally less participating groups, such as 1) youth and young adults (15-25); 2) socially excluded youth (defined by income); and 3) seniors (over 60). A combination of semi-structured interviews, critical discursive analysis and secondary analysis of representative questionnaire data is used in order to describe subjective barriers of participation, individual “white crows” cases as well as more broadly used best practices.
Duration: 1.1.2016 - 31.12.2019

Pedagogical impacts and developmental achievements resulting from curricular changes in preschool education
Pedagogické a vývinovo-psychologické dopady inovácií predškolského vzdelávania
Program: VEGA
Project leader: prof. PhDr. Zápotočná Oľga CSc.
Annotation:Project is following on the research activities of the project team members connected with the development, implementation and evaluation of national curriculum for early childhood education, which came into force in 2016. Research will be conducted as series of impact studies in two main domains. Firstly, processes relevant to implementing the curriculum will be the subject of the study, specifically as they are reflected and evaluated by direct and indirect participants of early childhood education, and interpreted against contemporary expert discourse in a field of preschool pedagogy. Secondly, particular focus will be laid on substantial parameters and indicators of language, cognitive and metacognitive development of children in specific conditions relevant to the curriculum. Research will help to understanding the path of language and cognitive development of the children, and will contribute to the evaluation of program effectiveness, notably in the area of “language and communication”.
Duration: 1.1.2018 - 31.12.2020

Psychological determinants of activity and participation of children and adolescents with disabilities educated in integrated/inclusive educational settings
Psychologické determinanty aktivity a participácie detí a adolescentov so zdravotným postihnutím vzdelávaných v intergrovanom/inkluzívnom prostredí
Program: VEGA
Project leader: PhDr. Jariabková Katarína PhD.
Annotation:This project is aimed at research of the psychological determinants of activity and participation in various situations of life in children and adolescents with disabilities educated in integrated/inclusive settings. It concentrates on the barriers and facilitators of activity and participation from the perspective of the individuals with disabilities themselves and persons from their close social environment. Research will be conducted in the framework of the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health: Children & Youth (2007). Based on biopsychosocial approach the full inclusion of individual in society, activity and participation as important components of the functional capacity of the individual are emphasized. Psychological analysis will contribute to identify the determinants of activity and participation enable to clarify the conditions for supporting activity and participation and development of functioning of children and adolescents with disabilities.
Duration: 1.1.2016 - 31.12.2019

Social-psychology aspects of anti-discrimination interventions: A qualitative metaanalysis
Sociálno-psychologické predpoklady antidiskriminačných intervencií: kvalitatívna metaanalýza
Program: VEGA
Project leader: Mgr. Lášticová Barbara PhD.
Annotation:In social psychology, there is an ongoing discussion that inducing intergroup harmony via positive intergroup contact can have sedative effects and legitimize social hierarchy instead of reinforcing collective action motivations, especially in stigmatized outgroups. The main objective of the project will be to carry out a qualitative meta-analysis of antidiscrimination interventions from the perspective of recent social-psychology theories. The research design will be multiple case study. We will focus on interventions that have been carried out in Slovak schools in last 10 years, and focusing on various outgroups (mainly Roma, migrants). We will explore, through which psychological mechanisms (affective, cognitive, behavioural) these interventions reduce prejudice and whether, at the same time, they reinforce collective action in favour of minorities. Finally, we will describe building blocks of the interventions that have potential to succeed, taking into consideration the optimal conditions of intergroup contact (Allport, 1954; Pettigrew & Tropp, 2006; Paluck, Green & Green, 2017).
Duration: 1.1.2019 - 31.12.2021

Twenty-first century traditional and alternative parenthoods: motivations, dilemmas, and consequences.
Tradičné a alternatívne rodičovstvá 21. storočia: motivácie, dilemy a konzekvencie.
Program: VEGA
Project leader: doc. Mgr. Popper Miroslav CSc.
Annotation:The project focuses on investigating current social representations of traditional and alternative forms of parenthood from the perspective of their coping and the quality of life. The traditional forms are bound to matrimony, non-traditional forms represent different non-marital coexistence, e.g. cohabitance, professional, adoptive, separated (single, LAT, divorced), lesbian and parenthoods in older age. The objective of the project is to study discourses on parenthoods, to elucidate to what extent the scientific representations reflect on legislature, to analyze social representations of parenthood in mass media and in everyday discussions of the particular groups of parents. At the same time, the project will monitor the prevalence of individual forms of parenthoods in Slovakia. The project aims to clarify what are the motivations leading to parenthood, which barriers people face, how satisfied they are with their parenthood and identify the schemes of coping and the way to the quality of life.
Duration: 1.1.2017 - 31.12.2020

Projects total: 7