About the project

Welcome to the website of the research project “PartJu – A research project about the development of an assessment tool for social participation of adolescents”

On this website we would like to inform you about the research project “PartJu”. For questions or suggestions you can always contact us. In order to do so, you can write an email or call one of the contact persons of the respective locations Halle or Soest or alternatively contact any member of the research team via the menu item “About us”. In addition to the mail addresses, you will also find information about the respective fields of activity of the individual team members of the research project. We look forward to receiving your message or call.

Please note, that parts of this website adress participants and colleagues of the associated research field at the same time. Other parts mainly adress participants and are therefore only available in German language.

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Summarizing description

Social participation is an important part of a young person’s life. It influences the social experience, social-emotional development and dimensions of competence experience. In the International Classification of Functioning, Disabilities and Health for Children and Youth (ICF-CY), participation includes the social view of functioning. Also in the Federal Participation Act (BTHG) participation occupies a central position. It is recommended to set participation as central goal of rehabilitation and support measures.

Currently, there is no reliable assessment tool for measuring social participation of adolescents in Germany, even though social participation is a central goal of rehabilitation.

The aim of this study is to develop, test and pilot an instrument that assesses social participation for adolescents between the ages of 12 and 17 and to start a psychometric test.

In a sequential mixed-methods-study, adolescents with and without physical disabilities or chronic diseases are asked about their experiences with social participation as well as the individual significance of self-determination through semi-structured interviews. The perspective of adolescents is supplemented by focus groups that will be conducted first with experts from social paediatric care and second with legal guardians. Based on this, an assessment instrument will be developed, evaluated and implemented in exemplary social paediatric centres and rehabilitation clinics and psychometrically tested in a pilot study.

This study aims to provide significant scientific findings about social participation of adolescents to describe the theoretical construct of social participation and its importance for the daily life of the adolescents. Furthermore, the instrument can be used for the planning and evaluation of rehabilitation processes. It can be applied in science to identify disadvantaged groups and to compensate the disadvantages that affect the development of the adolescents. In practice the instrument can be used to determine the goals of rehabilitation together with the adolescents including their priorities in the rehabilitation process and to evaluate the attainment.