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The Village Project - supporting children of parents with mental illness in Austria

Research Group Village of the Ludwig Boltzmann Gesellschaft in cooperation with the Medical University Innsbruck

Children of parents with a mental illness (COPMI) often need additional supports to lead the happy and healthy lives they desire. In some cases though, those supports are either not available or not found by families, resulting in negative long-term outcomes for these children. This four-year research project aims to increase identification and strengthen formal and informal supports around children when their parents have a mental illness. This project will be co-developed with stakeholders and will implement and evaluate two practice approaches, focused on the child and on principles of collaborative care. The project utilizes a realist framework (as well as implementation science principles, and the theory of symbolic interactionism) and mixed-methodologies, and involves numerous data collection methods including: literature reviews, questionnaires, focus groups, interviews, and observations to determine the impact and benefits of providing increased supports for COPMI in Austria.


  • End of recruiting families for the Village project

    June 1, 2021

    The Village Project has completed its recruitment of new families. 

    We have compiled an overview of contacts and support organisations so that affected families are well informed about support services and can access them (see details). 

    We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has supported us. Especially our Village facilitators, who do an excellent job and give the families and especially the children new perspectives and ease their daily lives. 


  • How to meet the challenge of multilingualism in the social space of school? A research report

    Austria is a multilingual society. This is not a new development, because German has never been the only language spoken in this country. From a linguistic point of view, monolingual societies are an illusion. The fact is that in view of social developments with accompanying migration movements, the composition of linguistic diversity in Austria is changing. The proportion of the population with a non-German first language is increasing. This means that the challenges are also increasing, and this applies in particular to school social work. Dr Marianne Franz took a closer look at this topic from a linguistic perspective.

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  • New publication

    May 26, 2021

    Mobilising social support to improve mental health for children and adolescents: A systematic review using principles of realist synthesis