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Vera Roos is a Professor of Psychology at the North-West University’s Potchefstroom Campus since 2004.

She has presented various papers and posters at national and international conferences on topics related to community psychology with a focus on

  • enabling contexts

  • relational psychology

  • intergenerational relations

  • contributions of older persons in challenged contexts

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peer reviewed papers in national and international journals
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contributed chapters in textbooks

Vera’s theoretical approach, namely that the broader social environment informs the dynamic processes in complex systems, provided the background for the development of the Mmogo-method®. This method assists social researchers to access the dynamic interactions between people in relation to their communities within a particular context in a culturally sensitive manner. In the applications of the Mmogo-method® on older persons’ relational experiences (loneliness, friendships, intergenerational, spiritually-informed), the findings obtained from the data could not be explained satisfactory by existing relational theories.

Accordingly, she has developed a relational theory, Self-Interactional Group Theory (SIGT). Vera is committed to promote the relational and collective wellbeing of older people and communities in relation to the contextual realities by eliciting strengths and competencies. Vera Roos is an NRF-rated scientist on level C1.

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Current Project

we-DELIVER:  Holistic service delivery to older people in local government through ICTs

The overall objective of the we-DELIVER project is to develop appropriate context-specific information and communication technologies (ICTs) to capture service and resource information that will address the care needs of people 60 years and older in collaboration with local government officials in 3 pilot communities.  The pilot communities linked to the 3 sites of the North-West University (Lokaleng, Ikageng and Sebokeng), representing contexts ranging from rural, semi-urban and more urban like settings and fall within two provinces; North West and Gauteng.  The project is funded by the Tirelo Bosha programme of the Department of Public Service and Administration.

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published a book on the Mmogo-method® in 2016

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Vera, Proffs Susan Coetzee-Van Rooy; Linda du Plessis, Isabella Aboderin, Norah Keating, Elri Botha, Ian Rothmann (Snr) and Jaco Hoffman

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Families Workshop Delegates 2013

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ICP 2012 Co-Presenters of Mmogo-Method®

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Vera & Honours Students 2012

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ICP 2012 Group Photo

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UNISA Student Conference 2011

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Mmogo-Method® Materials

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MA research Psychology 2013 Conducting Research

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ICP 2012 Students Presentations

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Vera & Lizanle presenting at IAGG Paris 2009

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Vera & Student Conducting Research

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Vera, Portia & Betty at their Graduation