To help or to be helped? Professional working conditions, mental health and mobility in the social sector



Heads of Research: Ágnes Győri (CSS Institute for Sociology), Éva Perpék (CSS Child Opportunities Research Group)

Project Participants: Karolina Balogh (CSS Institute for Sociology), Ákos Huszár (CSS Institute for Sociology), Szilvia Ádám (Semmelweis University), Zsombor Farkas (Eötvös Loránd University), Zsófia Bauer (CUB), Zsuzsanna Elek ( (Eötvös Loránd University)


The research examines the professional mobility of social workers through a complex approach in the context of their mental health and their narrow and broad work environment. This approach is reflected in the research in terms of content, time-frame, space and methodology. The complexity of the topics studied lies in the fact that the working conditions of social professionals; mental burdens and coping; past and planned professional mobility are each under researched area in Hungary, and the review of the mutual correlations of the three areas is unprecedented in the world. A quantitative, large-sample study of burnout, resilience, and occupational-specific working conditions among social professionals also fills a gap. As a result of measurements carried out before, during and after the  pandemic period, the research is suitable for capturing changes over time and the effects of COVID, as well as for international comparison of some data. The big data-based study of the target group is innovative; while the application of primary and secondary research and mixed methods allow for a multi-aspect analysis of the issues under review.