National projects:

  • „Mechanisms of promoting positive youth development in the context of socio-economical transformations“ (POSIDEV)

The primary goal of this project is to examine the mechanisms responsible for positive developmental outcomes in the context of socio-economic transformations during the transition from adolescence to young adulthood and to promote the development of competencies related to positive youth development. We aim to identify key factors influencing successful adjustment and functioning in young adulthood, and to offer theoretical and practical guidelines for youth policy.
We aim (1) To identify mechanisms of positive youth development during the transition from adolescence to young adulthood, conducting the longitudinal study; (2) to develop an intervention program aimed at strengtheningyouth competencies related to better psychological functioning.
The objectives of the study are: (a) To identify a set of dimensions and corresponding indicators that has utility for benchmarking the positive adjustment of young adults. Observable behavioral measures of positive functioning in adolescence and young adulthood will be identified wherever possible because such behaviors are the ultimate targets of successful development and can be affected by interventions earlier in life. (b) To gain more information about different pathways (trajectories) during the transition from adolescence to young adulthood and the factors related to this, in order to understand the determinants of good youth adjustment including individual differences, socio-economic circumstances, school, family and work contexts. (c) To evaluate key factors related to successful transition from adolescence to young adulthood; to introduce gender perspective into the analysis of positive youth development, and to analyze specific gender-related factors that shape developmental pathways of women and men in young adulthood. (d) To design and implement intervention program in control and experimental groups of young people. The program will be aimed at development of youth competencies related to better psychological functioning. The effectiveness of the Program will be evaluated, and recommendations for practitioners will be formulated. Finally, based on the results of the longitudinal study and intervention program, we will present the main findings about the mechanisms of positive youth development and formulate guiding principles for youth policy in the scientific report.
This study is aimed at 16-26 year-old young people. Two extensive sets of longitudinal data will be used. First, a new longitudinal study with a sample (N=1500, ages 16-18) recruited under this project will be carried out. Next, data will be used from the previous longitudinal study (N ~ 1200, ages 16-22), participants will be followed up for 3 years under this project. Information on individual characteristics, socio-demographic situation, relationships with peers, parents and teachers, as well as data on positive developmental indicators will be collected. Questionnaires for data collections will be developed or translated. Semi-structured interviews will be conducted with smaller sub-samples for in-depth analysis. Sophisticated tools of statistical analysis, such as multi-level modeling and mixture modeling within the SEM framework, will be applied. Based on the results of the studies, Intervention Program aimed at strengthening youth competencies related to better psychological functioning will be developed and implemented. The effectiveness assessment will help to identify intervention tools that can facilitate successful transitions from adolescence to young adulthood.

International projects:

  • „Identity development among adolescents and emerging adults in Lithuania and Japan“ (IDELIJA). Objectives:
    In the sample of adolescents (16-18 years old ) and emerging adults (18-29 years old), using longitudinal and cross-sectional designs we aim:
    1. To describe parent-offspring separation and connectedness as well as identity development trajectories in the sample of Lithuanian and Japanese adolescents.
    2. To examine relations between changes in parent-offspring separation, connectedness and identity in the period of two years in the samples of Lithuanian and Japanese adolescents and 18-29 year-old youth.
    3. To identify different parent-offspring separation, connectedness and identity development trajectories in the sample of Lithuanian and Japanese adolescents.
    4. To analyze how these trajectories are related to the adaptive psychological functioning and adulthood criteria in two cultures (Japan and Lithuania), in comparison with similar research data in Western countries (The Netherlands and Italy).
    5. To analyze which individual and environmental factors mediates / moderates relationships between identity development processes and negative adolescents' and 18-29 year emerging adults' psychosocial functioning in Lithuanian and Japanese samples.
    Novelty of this research is based onthe fact, that there is not a single similar study analyzing or comparing adolescents and youth (18-29 year -old) identity development mechanisms in Eastern European (Lithuania) and Eastern Asian (Japan) countries. Secondly, unique point of our research is that in both countries young people experiencing similar shift towards individualistic culture (society), which directly influences their identity development process and achievement of the adulthood criteria in emerging adulthood. Thus research comparing changes in identity development and influencing factors would contribute the knowledge with new findings which came from previous studies conducted in relatively stable Western countries. This research would be new, original and innovative both in respect of problem analyzed as well as in cross-cultural aspect.
    Mixed research design was chosen: (1) longitudinal study – 4 measurement waves in adolescents’ sample. (2) Cross-sectional study – one measurement in 18-29 year old youth sample. Planned research sample in Lithuania cosists of : 1) 280 adolescents (16-18 years old). (2) 400 emerging adults (18 -29 years old). Sample will be gathered according to demographical characteristics of the population (place of living, educational status, occupation).
    Data will be analyzed using structural equation modeling, Latent class growth analysis, Class analysis, Cross-lagged models. All data in Lithuania and Japan will be combined in one database and compared with data from Western countries (Italy, Netherlands).
  • COST ACTION IS0801 „Cyberbullying: coping with negative and enhancing positive uses of new technologies, in relationships in educational settings“.The main aim of the Action is to share expertise on cyberbullying in educational settings, coping with negative and enhancing positive uses of new technologies in the relationships area, moving towards a common set of guidelines applicable in Europe. Networking action on Cyberbullying already involves 23 countries. Duration: 2008 – 2012.
  • The Intensive Programme „IP CHALID – Challenges to Identity in the Context of Globalization: Multidisciplinary and Multicultural Perspectives“ addresses the multidisciplinary approach to study identity and challenges to it in a context of globalization in order to provide students from psychology and education science with an understanding of how ongoing globalization processes affect constructions of identities and psychological functioning. The main aim of the project is to bring together students and instructors for intensive training and education program in the field of study of identity related issues in a context of globalization from a multidisciplinary perspective. The Intensive programme IP CHALID is coordinated by the Faculty of Social Policy, Department of Psychology. Partners are Baskent (Turkey), University of Bolognia (Italy), and University of Porto (Portugal). The Intensive programme IP CHALID will take place in Vilnius on April 24 – May 5, 2010. More information: http://www.mruni.eu/en/tp/ip_chalid/apie_projekta/index.php
  • EU Kids Online II project will design and conduct a comparable quantitative survey of children’s use of online technologies across member states focusing on online risks and safety. It will also map parents’ experiences, practices and concerns regarding their children’s online risk and safety. There are 24 European countries participating in the project. The project starts in autumn of 2009 (project planning, survey design, sampling) and ends in summer of 2011 (final report and recommendations). More information: http://www.lse.ac.uk/collections/EUKidsOnline/Default.htm
  • The European Social Cognition Network (ESCON). Three specifically tailored programs will provide various forums for promoting transfer of knowledge, new theoretical developments, and an international research training package .The Transfer of Knowledge Conferences provide an European forum where both junior and senior researchers present the latest research developments in the field and receive feedback from senior scholars in their respective fields of specialization. These conferences fulfill an important training and networking function for the new generation of social cognition researchers. They offer young scholars the opportunity to develop their own research networks at the forefront of new research initiatives.
    Coordinator: MRU - prof. R.Zukauskiene

  • Nordic-Baltic Doctoral Network in Psychology. The Nordic-Baltic Doctoral Network in Psychology is a joint network of the doctoral schools, departments and research institutes in a variety of areas of psychology in 8 countries. The main aim of the network is to provide high-quality doctoral training by increasing the collaboration in the Nordic-Baltic area and North-West Russia. In addition, the Network is aiming at increasing the mobility of doctoral students and post docs, combining efforts in arranging courses and meetings, and disseminating information on education and research groups.
    The following countries are involved in the network: Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Russia, Norway and Sweden. http://nbnp.utu.fi/index.htm

  • Center of Excellence. "Understanding of Promises and Barriers in Childhood and Adolescence" (is financed by NordFosk, 2006-2009). Participant institution: Örebro University, Sweden, University of Jyväskylä, Finland, Stockholm University, Sweden,, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway, Mykolas Romeris university, Lithuania. http://www.jyu.fi/erillis/agora/en/upside/steering

  • Daphne II 05-2/086 (is financed by EK). FEAR in IPV - Fatality European Assessement Review in Intimate Partner Violence. Participant institution:Differenza Donna, Second University of Naples, Italy, Anna C. Baldry (coordinator); Mykolas Romeris university (Prof. Rita Zukauskiene), (3) Associated partners: Prof. Rebecca Dobash, prof. Russell Dobash, Manchester School of Law .

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