The Center has been established in the mid 90's as "The Minerva Center for Youth Studies" following an endowment from the Minerva Foundation in Germany to pursue a longitudinal youth study. After 10 years the Youth Study project ended. In 2006 the name of the center changed to the Center for the Study of Society to better reflect the scope of research at the center.
Over the years the center has been involved in a variety of studies of juveniles and we added adittional age groups and social problems.
The main topics over the last decade that the research fellows have been engaged in include: family violence and escalation of violence, sexual abuse and trauma, longitudinal study of violence in Israel over the last 25 years, political socialization of youth, attitudes and leisure activities of youth, internet and social relations, Judicial behavior and the effect of nationality on sentencing, acculturation of adolescent immigrants. More recently a multi-year national study on the epidemiology and experience of child abuse has been added under the auspices of Traiana Ltd. - an Intl. high-tech company.
Much of the work at the Center has been a comparative research done in collaboration with German scholars from the University of Potsdam, the University of Jena and the University of Bielefeld. The Center is also closely collaborating with the Center for the Study of Crime Law and Society on various research projects.
The center has been awarded over the years a large number of research grants, among others, by the Minerva Foundation, the German Israeli Project Cooperation (DIP) , German Research Foundation (DFG), Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), U.S. Israel Bi National Foundation, Israel United Found for Education, the Israeli Ministry of Labor and Welfare, The National Insurance Institute of Israel, The Israeli Ministry of Science and The Israel Science Foundation (ISF).
The Center continues its research in the areas of crime and violence, domestic violence, trauma, child abuse, the justice system, immigration, minority-majority social conflicts, social inequality and poverty, youth and the internet, family relationships in later life & intergenerational relationships.