The members of the Research Group are involved in a variety of studies and projects.
For further information about interaction between the field and professional education programmes, see the publication Het Scharnierpunt: an introduction to the research conducted by the members of the Research Group.
N=1 as a research method for the Bachelor’s programme final-year project
Students of the School of Social Work & Arts Therapies receive training based on the N=1 research method, a method closely linked to their practical work as therapists or counsellors. This aspect of the training makes it significantly easier for the students to conduct research.
Social networking approaches to Forensic Psychiatry
This PhD study concerns processes involving the personal social network of forensic psychiatric patients in relation to their risk behaviour, whereby the Forensic Social Network Analysis serves as a key focus. Experience has shown that strong personal networks help people avoid individuals and situations that could potentially lead to trouble.
The Rebound Project deals with the assistance provided to young people who are temporarily placed in a Time Out (i.e. a “Rebound”), with the objective of facilitating their reintegration into mainstream education. Parents, teachers and friends are all actively involved in this process, and students assist with this N=1 research.
Short-term active music therapy to treat depression
The central question asked as part of this N=1 study was whether short-term musical therapy for people suffering from depression can produce results short-term musical therapy for people suffering from depression can produce results. It turned out that short-term active musical therapy reduces the symptoms of depression among clients.
Focus on depression
Almost 20% of the Dutch population is affected by depression at some point in their lives. Of this number, 50% recover within three months, while 15-20% wind up developing chronic depression. The purpose of the Depressie in beeld (Focus on depression) study is to develop a creative therapeutic approach for adults suffering from chronic depression.
Effects of music therapy on the social behaviour of children with autism spectrum disorders
Past research has demonstrated that music therapists employ a host of different methods. As part of this research, we are developing a standard music therapy treatment method standard music therapy treatment method. The objective of these efforts is improving people’s social behaviour.
Strengthen your Network
The Versterk je Netwerk/Strengthen your Network project helps students in senior secondary vocational education at the Friese Poort Regional Education Centre in Leeuwarden to increase their chances of finding a job. These young people receive training in school which teaches them to expand their social network, in addition to one-on-one coaching sessions. We apply the N=1 method to measure the impact of this project.
Evaluation project for neighbourhood exercise programme
The Bewegen in de Wijk/Neighbourhood Exercise project offers easy exercise activities to patients in the Heechterp-Schieringen section of Leeuwarden. The objective of the project is to improve the health of the participants and strengthen ties in the community. Our department was commissioned to evaluate this project, in which we were assisted by students. The result was that the majority of participants showed up for the classes, stuck with the programme, and also ended up making new friends.
‘Don’t Miss Out’ method
The ‘Don't Miss Out’ method is based on the assumption that specific behaviour leads to aggressive incidents: young people don’t start exhibiting aggressive behaviour for no reason at all, and there tends to be a build-up of tension before they resort to such behaviour. This method has proved highly successful, and one of the results is that it helps reduce aggressive behaviour among young people.