The scientific research
The scientific research of the Department of Educational Psychology and Psychology of Health is focused on the research of psychological factors of risk behavior of adolescents and college students, and the efficiency and effectiveness of drug use prevention programs with adolescents and college students.
Current projects and studies
APVV-15-0662 Psychological mechanism of changes in risk behavior of pupils and college students. Risk behavior and emigration and migration intentions. Principal Investigator: Prof. PhDr. Oľga Orosová CSc.
VEGA 1/0623/17 Analysis of personal-social characteristics and risk behavior indicators of adolescents in the context of family processes.
KEGA 016UPJŠ-4/2017 Fidelity of “Unplugged”- a universal program for prevention of substance use in the Slovak elementary school environment.
The SLiCE study (Students Life Cohort in Europe) is an international longitudinal study concerned with various aspects of health and healthy behavior of college students carried out by universities in 13 European countries. The aim of the study is to analyze the health and health-related behavior as well as the life perspectives of college students and to record changes in these categories during the course of their studies. The study also aims to compare the health and health-related behavior of university students of individual European countries and to identify the needs for intervention programs, which might improve the health of the students. The Executive Board of the study: Rafael Mikolajczyk, M.D. (DE), Prof. PhDr. Oľga Orosová CSc. (SK), Prof. Guido Van Hal (BE).
The SLiCE 2 study is a follow-up to the study above. The study is trying to determine the life perspectives and emigration intensions of college students during their studies. The study is carried out in Czech Republic, Hungary, Lithuania, Belgium, Germany, Great Britain and Ukraine.
UNPLUGGED - School program of universal prevention among students (supported by Ministry of Education of the Slovak republic – APVV-0253-11, APVV-15-0662 and VEGA 1/0623/17) is an interactive program based on the model of complex influence of social environment, which combines information-spreading strategies and life skill development strategies with raising awareness about possible impact of social influence on substance use among adolescents. The program was implemented in twelve European countries. In school year 2017/2018, more than 700 pupils of 7th grade from 24 selected schools from all over Slovakia will be involved in the project to examine the effectiveness of the “Unplugged” program. For further information click here.
VEGA1/0713/15 Intrapersonal and interpersonal factors of change in risk behavior of college students and their emigration intentions. Principal Investigator: Prof. PhDr. Oľga Orosová CSc.
APVV-0253-11 Drug use among adolescents and college students. Drug use prevention based on the research data. Principal Investigator: Prof. PhDr. Oľga Orosová CSc.
APVV-20-038205. Individual, interpersonal and social factors of risk behavior during adolescence and early adulthood. Principal Investigator: Prof. PhDr. Oľga Orosová CSc.
VEGA 1/1092/12 Life perspective and risk behavior of college students. Principal Investigator: Prof. PhDr. Oľga Orosová CSc.
VEGA 1/408/04 Socio-psychological analysis of risk behavior of college students. Effectiveness of drug addiction and AIDS prevention. Principal Investigator: Prof. PhDr. Oľga Orosová CSc.
VEGA 1/4518/07 Social competence, social intelligence and possibilities for their development. Principal Investigator: Prof. PhDr. Oľga Orosová CSc.
ÚVSR 1427/2011 Prevention of drug addiction and AIDS program for college students XI. with emphasis on policy making and implementation of alcohol policies in the academic environment. The oCAP initiative (on Campus Alcohol Policy). Principal Investigator: Prof. PhDr. Oľga Orosová CSc.
NMCD 2012/31/54 Prevention of drug addiction and AIDS program for college students XII. Student advisory services in prevention of drug use with special emphasis on problematic alcohol use. Principal Investigator: Prof. PhDr. Oľga Orosová CSc.
Teachers of the department recorded a combined number of 533 publication outputs, 35 and 4 of which were published in foreign and domestic Web of Science journals, respectively; 268 reactions to publication outputs of the teachers of the department, 226 of which are quoted in foreign publications indexed in Web of Science and recorded in SCOPUS database. (last update: February 2016)
Most notable publications:
Hricová, L., Orosová, O., Bačíková, M. (2018). Disordered eating in the context of Self-determination theory. Current Psychology, 1-10. https://doi.org/10.1007/s12144-018-9782-1
Orosová, O., Gajdošová, B. (eds.). (2017). Emigration intentions and risk behaviour among university students. P.J. Šafárik University in Košice, Košice, 328s. ISBN 978-80-8152-562-9. Online in PDF:
Berinšterová, M., Orosová, O. Miovský, M. (2016). Vkladanie nádeje významných dospelých a užívanie alkoholu a tabakových cigariet medzi dospievajúcimi: Mediačný efekt sebakontroly. Československá psychologie, 60(2), 106-119.
Brutovská, M, Orosová, O. Kalina, O. (2016). Normatívne presvedčenia, postoje ku konzumácii alkoholu a konzumácia alkoholu u slovenských vysokoškolákov. Československá psychologie, 60(3), 266-277.
Helmer, S., Sebena, R. McAlaney, J., Petkeviciene, J., Salonna, F. & Mikolajczyk, R.T. (2016). Perception of High Alcohol Use of Peers Is Associated With High Personal Alcohol Use in First- Year University Students in Three Central and Eastern European Countries. Substance Use and Misuse, DOI: 10.3109/10826084.2016.1162810
Bacikova-Sleskova, M., Benka, J., & Orosova, O. (2015). Parental employment status and adolescents’ health: the role of financial situation, parent-adolescent relationship and adolescents’ resilience. Psychology & health, 30(4), 400-422.
Berinšterová, M., Janovská, A., Gajdošová, B., Kalina, O., Bačíková, M. (2015). Health-related behavior among schoolchildren. Unplugged-Drug use prevention program in Slovakia. Košice, Univerzita Pavla Jozefa Šafária v Košiciach. Online in PDF:
Orosová, O., Brutovská, M., Benka, J., Bavoľár, J., Šebeňa, R., Hricová, L. (2015). Health-risk behavior among university students. Košice, Univerzita Pavla Jozefa Šafárika v Košiciach. Online in PDF:
Gajdošová, B.(2013). Päťfaktorový model osobnosti a správanie súvisiace so zdravím u dospievajúcich. Košice, Univerzita Pavla Jozefa Šafárika v Košiciach.
Gajdošová, B., Hvozdík, S., Janovská, A., Sedlák Vendelová, N. (2012). Univerzitné poradenské centrum. Košice, Univerzita Pavla Jozefa Šafária v Košiciach.
Orosová, O., Janovská, A., Kopuničová, V., Vaňová, M. (2012). Základy prevencie užívania drog a problematického používania interntetu v školskej praxi. Košice, Univerzita Pavla Jozefa Šafárika v Košiciach.
Bačíková, M., Benka, J., Gajdošová, B., Kalina, O., Orosová, O., Salonna, F., Sedlák Vendelová, N. (2011). Alma Alcohol Mater. Názory študentov na konzumáciu alkoholu a alkoholové polititky v univerzitnom prostredí. Košice, Univerzita Pavla Jozefa Šafárika v Košiciach.
Orosová, O.,Madarasová-Gecková, A., Šléšková, M., Gajdošová, B., Lazarová, B. (2005). Psychológia a pedagogická psychológia I. Vybrané kapitoly zo všeobecnej, vývinovej, sociálnej a pedagogickej psychológie pre učiteľov. Košice, Univerzita Pavla Jozefa Šafárika v Košiciach.
Orosová, O., Gajdošová, B., Salonna, F. (2007). Prevencia a prediktívne faktory užívania drog. Košice, Harlequin
Orosová, O., Gajdosova, B., Bacikova-Sleskova, M., Salonna, F., Sebena, R. (2009). Health-related behaviour among adolescents and young adults. Košice, Equilibria.
By obtaining the agreement of the Ethics committee of the P.J. Šafárik University, the department became a part of the research team of the international project called “SLiCE” (Student Behavior and Life Perspective Cohort study in Europe) for Slovakia in 2010. For this project, the department is cooperating with the following universities:
In 2011, by obtaining the agreement of the Ethics committee, our scholars were able to start cooperating on the international project called Social Norms Intervention for the Prevention of Polydrug Use (SNIPE), DPIP Project No. JUST/2009/DPIP/AG/0964. For this project, the department is cooperating with the following universities:
The department is cooperating with the Department of Addictology of the First Faculty of Medicine of Charles University and General Faculty Hospital in Prague on the APVV-0253-11 project called UNPLUGGED- Drug use among adolescents and college students. Drug use prevention based on the research data.
In the academic year 2009/2010, the Department, via the international grant agency “Erasmus”, signed research and education collaboration agreements with Masaryk University in Brno and University of South Denmark in Esbjerg.
The department of educational psychology and psychology of health and the department of psychology co-organized a psychology conference Psychologia Cassoviensis 2014. The conference aimed to contribute to research of prevention and to develop a platform that would encourage discussion between researchers and practitioners about drug prevention, health promotion, promotion of self-care and education in those areas in Europe.
Psychologia Cassoviensis 2014 was supported by the Science and research agency under project No.: APVV-0253-11.
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