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Understand_ELSED: Public perception of the ethical, legal and socio-economic dimensions of the COVID-19 outbreak
Understand_ELSED: Die öffentliche Wahrnehmung der ethischen, rechtlichen und sozio-ökonomischen Dimensionen des COVID-19-Ausbruchs
Project status: Completed
Faculty: Psychology
Project leader: Prof. Dr. Meike Watzlawik
Project runtime: 01.06.2020 - 31.01.2022
Research Focus:
  • Psychology of social and cultural change
Topic:
  • Psychological research on crises and pandemics
Project leader:

Prof. Dr. Meike Watzlawik (meike.watzlawik@sfu-berlin.de

Project team:
Cooperation partners:

-

Project runtime:

01.06.2020 - 31.01.2022

Grants:

Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung, Deutschland

Description:

English
In this rapid response research project, we use a mixed-methods approach to document, preserve, and share ephemeral data on the social dimensions of an emergent outbreak, and to translate this knowledge into tangible countermeasures that can aid in minimizing the negative impacts of the disease on individuals and communities. Our mixed-methods approach includes (1) a national, representative, longitudinal/repeated measures survey of up to 1,050 German households (30,000 households contacted, est. response rate 3.5%), (2) follow-up interviews across Germany (n = 90 over three intervals) to gain additional details, (3) a diary method to understand the nuances of everyday life under dramatically new conditions, (4) an online ethnography on Twitter to understand how a range of public health and affective content is received and communicated by diverse audiences (5) content analysis of mainstream media and public health releases. This approach will help us to understand a range of research questions covering the ethical, legal and socio-economic dimensions of the COVID-19 outbreak, including how individuals and communities perceive risks and protective behaviours related to COVID-19 with regards to individual human rights, pro-social ethical duties and their own socio-economic situations; how public understandings of the disease evolve as a result of information production, reception and internalisation processes; how these vary across diverse populations and demographics; and how German citizens are experiencing stigmatization and negative outcomes. Understanding these aspects will inform discussions pertaining to what local knowledge can be mobilized to help respond and facilitate German citizens who seek to contribute, and how pro-social behaviours can be fostered.
Reflecting on privilege - intersectional therapy?
Privilegien reflektieren – Intersektional therapieren?
Project status: Completed
Faculty: Psychology
Project leader: Dipl.-Psych. Sabrina Saase
Project runtime: 01.10.2017 - 31.03.2022
Research Focus:
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychology of social and cultural change
Topic:
  • Mental Health
  • Psychological gender and diversity research
Project leader:

Dipl.-Psych. Sabrina Saase (sabrina.saase@sfu-berlin.de

Project team:

 

Cooperation partners:

Prof. Dr. Beate Muschalla/TU Braunschweig

Project runtime:

01.10.2017 - 31.03.2022

Grants:

Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung - Promotionsstipendium

Description:

English
The project aims to further embed the interdisciplinary and power-critical paradigm of intersectionality in psychology and psychotherapy and to psychologically conceptualize intersectional competence in order to contribute to the promotion of equality and diversity by raising awareness.

The research interest is based on the observation that due to the characteristics on socially constructed dimensions (e.g., gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity, educational background, age, disability and abstinence) some people in a society potentially enjoy more structural advantages than others. The difficult task of therapists is now to simultaneously:
  •     staying as close as possible to the personal experiences of the clients,
  •     keeping in mind overlapping socio-cultural group affiliations and systems of oppression, as well as
  •     reflecting on one's own affiliations, internalized values, and role and behavior patterns.
Since psychotherapeutic training can hardly provide all-encompassing analyses of all forms of discrimination and ways of dealing with it, it is up to psychological research to identify ways of reflecting on intersectionality. Building on the concept of intersectionality and studies on diversity and multiple discrimination, this research project will therefore analyze (intersectionally sensitive) therapeutic behaviors and power relations in order to close the corresponding research gap and to derive training goals or concrete recommendations for action for prospective psychotherapists.
German
Das Projekt zielt darauf ab, das interdisziplinäre und machtkritische Paradigma Intersektionalität weiter in Psychologie und Psychotherapie zu verankern und intersektionale Kompetenz psychologisch zu fassen, um durch Sensibilisierung zur Beförderung von Gleichstellung, Vielfalt und Diskriminierungsabbau beizutragen. Das Forschungsinteresse gründet auf der Beobachtung, dass aufgrund der Ausprägungen auf sozial konstruierten Dimensionen (z.B. Geschlecht, sexuelle Orientierung, ethnische Zugehörigkeit, Bildungshintergrund, Alter, Be- und Enthinderung) manche Menschen in einer Gesellschaft potentiell mehr strukturelle Vorteile genießen als andere. Die schwierige Aufgabe von Therapeut*innen besteht nun darin, gleichzeitig:
  • möglichst nah an den persönlichen Erfahrungen der Klient*innen zu bleiben,
  • dabei überlappende soziokulturelle Gruppenzugehörigkeiten und Unterdrückungssysteme im Blick zu behalten, sowie
  • die eigenen Zugehörigkeiten, verinnerlichten Werte sowie Rollen- und Verhaltensmuster zu reflektieren.
Da die psychotherapeutische Ausbildung kaum allumfassende Analysen aller Diskriminierungsformen und Umgangsweisen leisten kann, liegt es an der psychologischen Forschung, Wege zur Reflexion von Intersektionalität zu identifizieren. Aufbauend auf dem Intersektionalitätskonzept und Studien zu Vielfalt und Mehrfachdiskriminierungen werden in diesem Forschungsprojekt deshalb (intersektional sensible) therapeutische Verhaltensweisen und Machtverhältnisse analysiert, um die entsprechende Forschungslücke zu schließen und daraus Ausbildungsziele bzw. konkrete Handlungsempfehlungen für angehende Psychotherapeut*innen abzuleiten.
Developing of MHPSS- training plans and manuals and conducting trainings for professionals and community stakeholders working with Afghan refugees and hist communities in Pakistan
Entwicklung von Trainingsplänen und -manualen und Durchführung von Trainings für Professionelle und Gemeindeakteur*innen im Bereich psychosozialer Unterstützung für afghanische Geflüchtete und Gastgemeinden in Pakistan
Project status: Completed
Faculty: Psychology
Project leader: Ass. Prof.in Karin Mlodoch
Project runtime: 01.05.2021 - 31.03.2022
Research Focus:
  • Social Psychology
  • Clinical Psychology
Topic:
  • Migration
  • Gender
  • Peace and Conflict
Project leader:

Ass. Prof.in Karin Mlodoch (karin.mlodoch@sfu-berlin.de

Project team:

Berenice Meintjes 

Cooperation partners:

Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ)

Project runtime:

01.05.2021 - 31.03.2022

Grants:

106.854 €, GIZ

Description:

English
Pakistan is host country to 2.4 Million Afghan refugees, most of them living in the provinces of Baluchistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in villages specifically designated for refugees or scattered in urban and rural communities of the province.  Here, the  GIZ has been implementing  a three-years-project which  offers "Social Support to Afghan Refugees and Host Communities (SSARC) since 2019. Within this project, local professionals in the Health and Education sectors, governmental and administrative stakeholders, representatives of local civil society and key persons in community structures shall be sensitized and trained for addressing psychological and psychosocial challenges among Afghan and Pakistani communities in the region. In this context, a research team based at the SFU Berlin will develop tailor-made training plans and manuals and conduct trainings for 450 primary trainers, 300 master trainers and governmental stakeholders. Key principles of the SFU-team's approach are inclusivity, partcipation and strengthening of local ownership and agency throughout the trainings. Priority will be given to systemic and holistic approaches to wellbeing and psychosocial support, which consider the embeddedness of psychological wellbeing or suffering in socio-economic and political contexts. Contents of trainings will be applied to the specific Afghan and Pakistani contexts in a participative process with trainees; local concepts of suffering and dealing with psychological challenges will be jointly explored. Thus, the applied research project will contribute also to the broader research and debate on psychological knowledge production and the transfer of knowledge across contexts.
ATRAB – Strengthening the social participation of Palestinian refugees in Lebanon
ATRAB – Stärkung der sozialen Teilhabe von palästinensischen Flüchtlingen
Project status: Completed
Faculty: Psychology
Project leader: Univ.-Prof. Dr. David Becker
Project runtime: 21.12.2018 - 04.02.2019
Research Focus:
  • Psychology of social and cultural change
Topic:
  • Psychological research on crises and pandemics
Project leader:

Univ.-Prof. Dr. David Becker (david.becker@sfu-berlin.de

Project team:

 

Cooperation partners:

-

Project runtime:

21.12.2018 - 04.02.2019

Grants:

Deutsche Gesellschaft für internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ)

Description:

English
The developed certificate course is a tailor-made training program (30 ECTS) (1 year, 7 modules) that aims to increase the social participation of Palestinian refugees and strengthen their self-help capacities. The certificate course includes 22 Palestinian refugees from Lebanon and Syria. The participants are already involved in community development and have gained practical experience in community mobilization and social engagement. English language skills are required. The 22 Palestinian youth participants form the core group. Each of them will act as a multiplier for 10 people in their respective communities and will share knowledge, skills and experience. Thus the certificate course will reach 220 participants. The 22 core group participants will receive a university certificate with the ECTS points at the end of the course. Participants of the multiplication groups will receive a university certificate without ECTS points."
German
Das Projekt ATRAB zielt auf die Konzeption eines Universitätslehrgangs zur Stärkung der sozialen Teilhabe von palästinensischen Flüchtlingen ab. Der vorliegende Zertifikatskurs ist ein maßgeschneidertes Trainingsprogramm (30 ECTS) (1 Jahr, 7 Module), das darauf abzielt, die soziale Beteiligung von palästinensischen Flüchtlingen zu erhöhen und ihre Selbsthilfekapazitäten zu stärken. Der Zertifikatskurs umfasst 22 palästinensische Flüchtlinge aus dem Libanon und Syrien. Die TeilnehmerInnen sind bereits in die Entwicklung der Gemeinde involviert und haben praktische Erfahrungen in der Mobilisierung von Gemeinschaften und sozialem Engagement gesammelt. Englischkenntnisse sind erforderlich. Die 22 palästinensischen jugendlichen TeilnehmerInnen bilden die Kerngruppe. Jeder von ihnen wird als Multiplikator für 10 Personen in ihrer jeweiligen Gemeinschaft fungieren und Wissen, Fähigkeiten und Erfahrungen weitergeben. Somit wird der Zertifikatskurs 220 Teilnehmer erreichen. Die 22 Kerngruppen-Teilnehmer erhalten nach Abschluss des Kurses ein Universitätszertifikat mit den ECTS-Punkten. Teilnehmer der Multiplikationsgruppen erhalten ein Hochschulzertifikat ohne ECTS-Punkten.
„What helps the helpers – Implementation of staff care structures (Peer support) in the Middle East“
Project status: Completed
Faculty: Psychology
Project leader: Univ.-Prof. Dr. David Becker
Project runtime: 01.09.2018 - 15.07.2020
Research Focus:
  • Psychology of social and cultural change
Topic:
  • Psychological research on crises and pandemics
Project leader:

Univ.-Prof. Dr. David Becker (david.becker@sfu-berlin.de

Project team:

Kate Sheese, M.A. (kate.sheese@sfu-berlin.de); Petra Kühnauer (kuehnauer@sfu-berlin.de); Josephine Jacobi 

Cooperation partners:

-

Project runtime:

01.09.2018 - 15.07.2020

Grants:

Deutsche Gesellschaft für internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ)

Description:

English
Working with refugees and displaced people in crisis and conflict contexts is a highly challenging task and often personally burdensome. Self and staff care, therefore, are considered to be important issues for any organization involved with humanitarian aid and/or development cooperation, e.g. community work, health care and education. However, it is not always clear what kind of support actually protects and promotes staff well-being under such stressful conditions, what staff themselves consider to be important and effective, how support can be implemented in organizational structures and routines shaped by emergencies, to what extent cultural and gender-related dynamics must be considered, and how donor organizations incorporate these issues into their approaches. Our research project aims at developing and/or improving staff care for projects working with refugees and displaced people in the regional context of the Syrian and Iraqi crises, specifically in Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey. The research project focuses on these issues in four steps: First we aim to find out realities, needs and wishes of project staff, and getting to know the structures already in place, their limits and their usefulness. Then it is important to figure out what needs to change for whom and collaboratively developing effective support structures with project staff for the different working contexts and cultural environments. These changes will be implemented in selected projects in Turkey, Iraq, Lebanon, and Jordan and jointly assessed with respect to their long term usefulness. Finally, the experiences and findings will be consolidated by outlining a concept for culture-sensitive, effective, and sustainable staff care structures for any project working in the region.
Study on the current life situation of lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and intersex adolescents in Berlin taking into account various dimensions of multiple discrimination: A survey of pedagogical professionals
Studie zur aktuellen Lebenssituation von lesbischen, schwulen, bisexuellen, trans- und intergeschlechtlichen Jugendlichen in Berlin unter Berücksichtigung verschiedener Dimensionen der Mehrfachdiskriminierung: eine Befragung von pädagogischen Fachkräften
Project status: Completed
Faculty: Psychology
Project leader: Dr. Ulrich Klocke; Prof. Meike Watzlawik
Project runtime: 01.07.2016 - 31.03.2018
Research Focus:
  • Developmental Psychology; Developmental Psychopathology, Child- and Adolescent Psychology
  • Social Psychology
  • Cultural Psychology and history of science
Topic:
  • Gender
  • Diversity
Project leader:

Dr. Ulrich Klocke (klocke@hu-berlin.de); Prof. Meike Watzlawik (meike.watzlawik@sfu-berlin.de

Project team:

Dipl.-Psych. Ska Salden (salden@sfu-berlin.de

Cooperation partners:

Dr. Ulrich Klocke, Humboldt Universität Berlin

Project runtime:

01.07.2016 - 31.03.2018

Grants:

Auftrag durch das Land Berlin vertreten durch die Senatsverwaltung für Bildung, Jugend und Wissenschaft

Description:

English
This study focuses on the situation of lsbti* youth from the perspective of teachers and other pedagogical staff in Berlin’s schools. Behavior towards lsbti* youth as well as knowledge and attitudes are assessed to examine how teachers/pedagogical staff can be encouraged to consider sexual and gender diversity as well as multiple discrimination in their work. The study includes focus groups as well as problem-centered interviews with lsbti * youth, teachers/pedagogical staff and individuals with proven expertise in sexual and gender diversity and multiple discrimination. Based on the results of the focus groups and interviews, teachers/pedagogical staff will then be further examined with the help of online surveys. In the main online survey, a random sample is drawn from all Berlin schools, which is then advertised intensively in order to encourage as many of the pedagogical professionals as possible to participate. In this way, self-selection effects are reduced and as representative as possible statements about the actual dissemination of certain (mis-)assumptions and behavior towards LSBTI * adolescents are made possible. The qualitative and quantitative results are used to derive concrete recommendations for practice.
German
In der Studie wird zum einen eine Bestandsaufnahme von Verhalten, Wissen und Einstellungen (pädagogischer) Fachkräfte gegenüber lsbti* Jugendlichen und Mehrfachdiskriminierung vorgenommen, zum anderen wird untersucht, wie (pädagogische) Fachkräfte dazu bewegt werden können, sexuelle und geschlechtliche Vielfalt in ihrer Arbeit zu berücksichtigen. Die Studie umfasst Fokusgruppen sowie problemzentrierte Interviews mit lsbti* Jugendlichen, pädagogischen Fachkräften und Personen, die über eine ausgewiesene Expertise in den Bereichen sexuelle und geschlechtliche Vielfalt sowie Mehrfachdiskriminierung verfügen. Auf die Ergebnisse der Fokusgruppen aufbauend werden anschließend pädagogische Fachkräfte mit Hilfe von Onlinebefragungen vertiefend untersucht. In der Haupt-Onlinebefragung wird dazu aus sämtlichen Berliner Schulen und Jugendeinrichtungen eine geschichtete Zufallsstichprobe gezogen, die anschließend intensiv beworben wird, um möglichst viele der dort tätigen (pädagogischen) Fachkräfte zu einer Teilnahme zu bewegen. Auf diese Weise werden Selbstselektionseffekte reduziert und möglichst repräsentative Aussagen über die tatsächliche Verbreitung bestimmter (Fehl-)Annahmen und Verhaltensweisen gegenüber LSBTI* Jugendlichen ermöglicht. Aus den qualitativen und quantitativen Ergebnisse werden konkrete Praxisempfehlungen abgeleitet, insbesondere dazu, welche Inhalte bei Qualifizierungsmaßnahmen thematisiert werden sollten, um Fehlannahmen ab- und verhaltenswirksame Kompetenzen aufzubauen.
Magical Thinking in Different Countries and Centuries
Magisches Denken in verschiedenen Ländern und Jahrhunderten
Project status: Completed
Faculty: Psychology
Project leader: Prof. Meike Watzlawik; Roja Massoumi
Project runtime: 01.01.2009 - 31.12.2018
Research Focus:
  • Cultural Psychology and history of science
Topic:
  • Historical Perspectives
Project leader:

Prof. Meike Watzlawik (meike.watzlawik@sfu-berlin.de); Roja Massoumi (roja.massoumi@gmail.com

Project team:

 

Cooperation partners:

Roja Massoumi, Karl-Franzens-Universität Graz, Austria; Min Han, Woosong University, Daejeon, South Korea

Project runtime:

01.01.2009 - 31.12.2018

Grants:

teilfinanziert durch die Humboldt-Stiftung (Feodor-Lynen-Stipendium)

Description:

English
Construction of magical thinking has been central for human cognitive adaptation to uncertainty of living. In this project, we compare how such thinking is culturally constructed across different countries (Germany, United States, Turkey, India, South Korea) and historical periods (1920s and today). Starting from Heinz Werner’s and Marta Muchow’s work on magical thought in the 1920s continues, we demonstrate how reanalysis and replication of empirical data from other historical periods can be a productive epistemological step in comparison with current historical phenomena.