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Everyday lifes in Vienna – On living together in the light of political orientations
Wiener Alltagswelten – Über Zusammenleben im Lichte politischer Orientierungen
Project status: Running
Faculty: Psychology
Project leader: Dr.in Sara Paloni
Project runtime: 01.03.2020 - 28.02.2021
Research Focus:
  • Social Psychology
Topic:
  • Everyday life
Project leader:

Dr.in Sara Paloni (sara.paloni@sfu.ac.at

Project team:

Natalie Rodax, MSc. 

Cooperation partners:

SFU Wien

Project runtime:

01.03.2020 - 28.02.2021

Grants:

eingereicht bei Stadt Wien MA7 Wissenschafts- und Forschungsförderung

Description:

English
The research project focuses on the relation between political attitudes and everyday practices in Vienna. By a qualitative-reconstructive research design we explore how people cope with recent socio-political changes in their daily lifes and ask how this is influencing living together and political agency. Based on qualitative data this project is contributing insights in how collectively shared needs in everyday life and electoral behaviour relate. A decreasing voter participation and the dominant feeling of political deprivation currently jeopardise active democracy. From understanding daily needs and the contradictions they entail it becomes possible to develop socio-political interventions grounding in the everday lifes of concrete people.
German
Das Forschungsprojekt untersucht das Verhältnis zwischen politischen Einstellungen und gelebter (politischer) Alltagspraxis in Wien. Wir erheben mittels einer qualitativ-rekonstruktiven Studie wie Menschen in ihrem Alltag aktuelle, sozial-politische Veränderungen verhandeln und wie dies ihr alltägliches Zusammenleben sowie politisches Handeln beeinflusst. Mit diesem Projekt wollen wir einen Beitrag zur Aufklärung über kollektiv geteilte Bedürfnislagen im Zusammenleben in Wien leisten und veranschaulichen, wie dies mit dem Zustandekommen eines spezifischen Wählerinnen- und Wählerverhaltens in Verbindung steht. Die Entwicklung hin zu einer geringeren Wahlbeteiligung und das dominierende Gefühl der politischen Deprivation gefährden aktuell gelebte Demokratie; über ein Verstehen alltäglicher Bedürfnislagen und darin enthaltener Widersprüche können sozialpolitische Interventionen abgeleitet werden, die in den lebensweltlichen Kontexten konkreter Personen gründen.
„Eco Anxiety“ – Fear of climate change. Psychotherapeutic and ethnological approaches
„Eco Anxiety“ – Angst vor dem Klimawandel. Psychotherapiewissenschaftliche und ethnologische Zugänge
Project status: Running
Faculty: Psychotherapy Science
Project leader: Mag. Paolo Raile, MSc; Univ.-Prof. DDr. Bernd Rieken
Project runtime: 03.11.2019 - 31.08.2020
Research Focus:
  • Psychotherapy and Society
Topic:
  • Psychopathology and Society
Project leader:

Mag. Paolo Raile, MSc (paolo.raile@sfu.ac.at); Univ.-Prof. DDr. Bernd Rieken (bernd.rieken@sfu.ac.at

Project team:

 

Cooperation partners:

Mag. Paolo Raile, Msc

Project runtime:

03.11.2019 - 31.08.2020

Grants:

Druckkostenzuschuss Buchpublikation

Description:

English
This projects focuses on Eco-Anxietys, with a special focus on the fear of climate change and its consequences. We will develop a questionnaire, which will be disseminated at the University Outpatient Department of the Sigmund Freud Private University and as an online survey through various channels. In addition, qualitative interviews will be conducted as well as statements in online forums and social networks on climate change and the attitudes of the persons to this examined.
German
Dieses Projekt untersucht die sogenannten Eco-Anxietys mit besonderem Fokus auf die Angst vor dem Klimawandel und dessen Folgen. Im Rahmen des Projekts wird ein Fragebogen entwickelt, der an der Universitätsambulanz der Sigmund-Freud-PrivatUniversität sowie als Online-Survey über verschiedene Kanäle verbreitet wird. Ergänzend werden qualitative Interviews geführt sowie Äußerungen in Online-Foren sowie sozialen Netzwerken zum Klimawandel und den Einstellungen der Personen zu diesem untersucht.
Specific influence of supporting relationships on resilience in people with physical disabilities (A Qualitative Study)
Project status: Running
Faculty: Psychotherapy Science
Project leader: Dr.in Kathrin Mörtl
Project runtime: 03.09.2017 - 06.11.2019
Research Focus:
  • Psychotherapy and Society
Topic:
  • Psychopathology and Society
Project leader:

Dr.in Kathrin Mörtl (kathrin.moertl@sfu.ac.at

Project team:

 

Cooperation partners:

SFU Vienna, SFU Ljubljana, SPR

Project runtime:

03.09.2017 - 06.11.2019

Grants:

SFU Student award, SPR Travel award

Description:

English
To clarify the importance of resilience within the people with physical disabilities and specifically to investigate the role of resilience's one specific facet, so called supportive relationships and how those are influencing it, there are two questions needing to be asked:  is there something specific in people with physical disabilities the way that they describe positive and negative aspects of supporting relationships and is there something specific in person’s interpersonal partner, the way that see their relationship with person with physical disability. As the phenomena on resilience goes, Rutter (1985) conceptualized  it as the »ability to bounce back or cope successfully despite substantial adversity. Considering adversity, physical disability is not only a disability, but also a disturbance of opportunities for the realization of inner objectives (Bernik Urankar, 2017). The supporting relationships are expressed from inner motivation, which can be on one side support, love, care, protection and on the other control, cope with difference, fear of difference, guilt, denial. All this concept are intermingled and are influencing the fields of mindset, emotions, behavior, physical health and interpersonal relations (Tedeschi and Calhoun, 1995), so they may be hindering the development of resilience in people with physical disabilities. Empirically, the use of Data-driven approach, Grounded theory is the chosen instrument to investigate the narrative interview's text for final conceptualization (Gelo and Mörtl, 2015).
Affects of Postfeminism: A look into the everyday-worlds of post-feminist self-concepts
Affekte des Postfeminismus: Ein Blick in die Alltagswelten post-feministischer Selbstkonzepte
Project status: Running
Faculty: Psychology
Project leader: Univ.-Ass. in Natalie Rodax, MSc.; Ass.-Prof. in Dr. in Katharina Hametner
Project runtime: 01.09.2019 - 01.09.2021
Research Focus:
  • Social Psychology
Topic:
  • Feminism and Post-Feminism
  • Gender
  • Biography Research
Project leader:

Univ.-Ass. in Natalie Rodax, MSc. (natalie.rodax@sfu.ac.at); Ass.-Prof. in Dr. in Katharina Hametner (katharina.hametner@sfu.ac.at

Project team:

 

Cooperation partners:

keine

Project runtime:

01.09.2019 - 01.09.2021

Grants:

selbstfinanziertes Projekt

Description:

English
A central dichotomy dominates contemporary media representations of femininity: On the one hand discourses depict the ‘other’, ‘non-Western’ as living under patriarchal conditions, as being concerned with ‘traditional’ gender roles, and thus position ‘other’ women within ‘conservative’ relationships. On the other hand, discourses construct the ‘Western’ woman as ‘modern’ counterpart who freely and emancipated lives romantic relationship in which anything goes. This second picture media-politically grounds on the discursive rhetoric that depicts both ‘Western’ genders as having an equal and free choice to decide which life s/he wants to live. The fact that ‘Western’ women are able to realise their full potential, not only within the domestic sphere but also in the world of (gainful) work is frequently seen as proof for this argument. However, postfeminist, neoliberalism-critical theories identify this as pseudo freedom of choice, as – especially during the last years – economic destabilisation (uncertain – e.g. temporal – employment, prolonged period of education, changes to welfare regime, etc.) gave rise to traditional relationship models that provide an economically stable living. From a postfeminist point of view, the ideal of free choice – that continues to be central in discourses – thus masks patriarchal entanglements transferring them to ‘non-Western’ areas and maintaining gender-hierarchies. By applying a qualitative research design, we deploy a psychological analysis on how this postfeminist imperatives and ambivalences of free choice find entrance in the everyday worlds of women. We ask how women negotiate their womanhood against the backdrop of postfeminist discursive interpellations and based on this, how they develop their own gendered self-concepts. By adopting an explicit psychological analysis, we aim to explore how women experience and live their ‘modern’ womanhood and especially the various entanglements with different affects that are attributed to the freedom of choice narrative. Thus, the project contributes to researching the concrete life worlds and affects beyond the already well-investigated media-cultural and –political postfeminist constructions of womanhood and provides insights on the „affective and psychic life of post-feminism“ (Gill, 2017) that is yet to be further explored.
German
In der medialen Darstellung von Weiblichkeit dominiert derzeit eine zentrale Dichotomie: Zum einen ‚die andere‘, ‚nicht-westliche‘ Frau, die in patriarchale Verhältnisse verstrickt erscheint, die ‚traditionelle‘ Geschlechterrollen lebe und im Rahmen ‚konservativer‘ Beziehungsmodelle zu positionieren sei. Dem gegenüber steht – diskursiv betrachtet – die Konstruktion einer ‚westlichen‘ Frau, die als ‚modern‘ dargestellt wird und die ‚emanzipiert‘ und ‚frei‘ romantische Beziehungen lebe, in denen so scheint es alles geht. Dieses Bild begründet sich medial-politisch vor allem darin, dass die Möglichkeit entscheiden zu können wie man leben möchte für beide Geschlechter als gleichermaßen frei wählbar inszeniert wird: Als Beweis dafür wird häufig angeführt, dass sich Frauen nicht nur in der häuslichen, sondern auch in der beruflichen Sphäre verwirklichen könnten. Postfeministische, Neoliberalismus-kritische Theorien identifizieren dies jedoch als Schein-Wahlfreiheit. Gerade in den letzten Jahren sorgen ökonomische Verunsicherungen (prekäre Jobsituationen, verlängerte Ausbildungszeiten, Rückbau sozialstaatlicher Absicherung, etc.) dafür, dass (wieder) traditionellere Beziehungsformen gelebt werden (müssen) um ein wirtschaftlich abgesichertes Leben aufrechtzuerhalten. Zentral ist aus postfeministischer Perspektive, dass das Ideal der freien Wahl, das diskursiv wiederkehrend betont wird, jedoch gleichzeitig patriarchale Verstrickungen verschleiert und diese zunehmend in ein ‚nicht-westliches‘ Außen ver-/auslagert und dadurch aufrechterhält. Wie sich die postfeministischen Imperative und Ambivalenzen der Wahlfreiheit in die Alltagswelten von Frauen einschreiben, bzw. wie junge Frauen ihr eigenes ‚Frau-Sein‘ vor dem Hintergrund solcher Debatten verhandeln und in ihr Selbstbild integrieren möchten wir nun aus psychologischer Perspektive mittels gesprächsbasierter Verfahren erforschen. Leitend ist dabei die Frage, wie das ‚moderne‘ Frau-Sein individuell er- und gelebt wird und vor allem welche affektive Funktion der medial-politisch inszenierten Wahlfreiheit zukommt. Das Projekt trägt so dazu bei, neben den bereits erforschten politischen Strukturen bzw. medial-kulturellen Inszenierungen post-feministischer Ideale die je konkreten Alltagswelten und Affektlagen zu untersuchen, und so der Forderung nachzukommen sich zentral mit dem „affective and psychic life of post-feminism“ (Gill, 2017) auseinanderzusetzen.  
Psychology in Ostmark. Between ideology and servitude.
Psychologie in der Ostmark. Zwischen Ideologie und Dienstbarkeit
Project status: Running
Faculty: Psychology
Project leader: Univ.-Prof. Dr. Gerhard Benetka
Project runtime: 01.04.2016 - 31.03.2020
Research Focus:
  • Cultural Psychology
Topic:
  • Culture of Remembrance
Project leader:

Univ.-Prof. Dr. Gerhard Benetka (gerhard.benetka@sfu.ac.at

Project team:

Dr. Thomas Mayer; Ass.-Prof. DDr. Martin Wieser (martin.wieser@sfu-berlin.de

Cooperation partners:

keine

Project runtime:

01.04.2016 - 31.03.2020

Grants:

Österreichischen Fonds für Wissenschaftsforschung, Zukunftsfonds der Republik Österreich

Description:

English
In April 2016, the 36-months project "Psychology in Ostmark. Between ideology and servitude", funded by the Österreichischen Fonds für Wissenschaftsforschung / Austrian Science Fund and the Zukunftsfonds der Republik Österreich / Future Fund of the Republic of Austria, was launched at the Sigmund Freud University. Project lead Gerhard Benetka, together with project team members Thomas Mayer und Martin Wieser, are systematically reviewing the upheavals and continuities in psychological theory and practice from 1938 and 1945 and the role of psychological knowledge between "annexation" and "denazification", which has so far not been systematically researched or made available to the public.

Based on comprehensive research of primary, secondary and archive sources, and interviews with surviving witnesses, the project offers a systematic historical reconstruction and contextualization of the theoretical and practical knowledge developed in academic psychology from 1938 to 1945 - which also significantly impacted the discipline in the following decades. In times of rapid and fundamental political change, the dynamic relationship and interdependency of science and politics is particularly evident and openly discussed by historical protagonists.

This project focusses on the following three levels of interdependency between academic-psychological knowledge and political-military interests:

(1) theoretical developments in academic psychology and their relationship to national socialist ideology,
(2) science-policy and career strategies of historical protagonists, and
(3) practical expertise and technical process knowledge developed at the three psychological institutes of the "Ostmark" in Vienna, Graz and Innsbruck. These three levels outline the historiographical research interest of this project, which is designed as a history-of-science contribution to analyzing the mutual influence and dependence of academic knowledge, political requirements and interests, and the role of argumentative and science-policy strategies of academic protagonists who were active in these domains. The core research questions of this project are: which science-policy strategies characterize the development of academic psychology after the "annexation" of Austria in 1938? Which protagonists succeeded in keeping their positions, despite the growing political pressure and the militarization of the university? Which rhetorical strategies were effective to influence policy-makers? Which role did psychological knowledge play regarding the national socialist population and racial policy, the deportation and destruction of "life unworthy of life" and the mobilization of masses in times of war? Which conclusions can be drawn from the history of psychology in the "Ostmark" regarding the continuity and disruption of the history of science in Austria? These are the project’s key research questions for broadening the historical knowledge on the interaction and interdependency of science and politics during the Second World War and to work on the contribution of academic psychology to national socialist war crimes.


German
Im April 2016 beginnt das vom Österreichischen Fonds für Wissenschaftsforschung sowie dem Zukunftsfonds der Republik Österreich mit einer Laufzeit von 36 Monaten finanzierten Projekts „Psychologie in der Ostmark. Zwischen Ideologie und Dienstbarkeit“ an der Sigmund Freud PrivatUniversität. Unter der Projektleitung von Prof. Gerhard Benetka und dem Projektteam Dr. Thomas Mayer und DDr. Martin Wieser wird eine systematische Aufarbeitung der Umbrüche und Kontinuitäten zwischen 1938 und 1945 im Bereich der psychologischen Theorie und Praxis angestrebt und nach der Rolle psychologischen Wissens zwischen „Anschluss“ und „Entnazifizierung“ gefragt, welche bis heute weder systematisch erforscht noch einer breiteren Öffentlichkeit zugänglich gemacht worden ist. Das Projekt bietet auf Basis einer umfangreichen Recherche von Primär-, Sekundär-, und Archivquellen und Zeitzeugeninterviews eine systematische historische Rekonstruktion und Kontextualisierung der theoretischen und praktischen Wissensformen, welche in der akademischen Psychologie zwischen 1938 und 1945 entwickelt wurden und die Disziplin auch in den folgenden Jahrzehnten entscheidend prägen sollten.In Zeiten rasanter und fundamentaler politischer Umbrüche wird das dynamische Verhältnis und die wechselseitige Abhängigkeit von Wissenschaft und Politik besonders sichtbar und auch von den historischen Akteuren offen debattiert.

Dieses Projekt fokussiert drei Ebenen dieser Wechselwirkung zwischen akademisch-psychologischem Wissen und politisch-militärischen Interessen:

(1) theoretische Entwicklungen der akademischen Psychologie und deren Verhältnis zur nationalsozialistischen „Weltanschauung“,
(2) wissenschaftspolitische und karrieristische Strategien der historischen Akteure und
(3) die praktische Expertise und das technische Verfahrenswissen, welche an den drei Psychologischen Instituten der „Ostmark“ in Wien, Graz und Innsbruck entwickelt wurden.

Diese drei Ebenen umreißen das historiographische Untersuchungsinteresse dieses Projekts, welches als wissenschaftshistorischer Beitrag zur Analyse des wechselseitigen Einflusses und der Abhängigkeit von wissenschaftlichem Wissen, politischen Vorgaben und Interessen und der Rolle argumentativer und wissenschaftspolitischer Strategien wissenschaftlicher Akteure, die sich zwischen diesen Sphären bewegten, konzipiert ist.Die zentralen Forschungsfragen dieses Projekts lauten wie folgt: Welche wissenschaftspolitischen Strategien charakterisieren die Entwicklung der akademischen Psychologie nach dem „Anschluss“ Österreichs 1938? Welche Akteure konnten ihre Positionen, trotz des wachsenden politischen Drucks und der Militarisierung der Universität, erfolgreich halten? Welche rhetorischen Strategien erwiesen sich als wirkungsvoll, um politische Entscheidungsträger zu beeinflussen? Welche Rolle spielte psychologisches Wissen im Zusammenhang mit der nationalsozialistischen Bevölkerungs- und Rassenpolitik, der Deportation und Vernichtung „lebensunwerten Lebens“ und der Mobilisierung der Massen in Kriegszeiten? Welche Schlüsse können aus der Geschichte der Psychologie in der „Ostmark“ in Zusammenhang mit der Frage nach Kontinuität und Bruch der Wissenschaftsgeschichte Österreichs gezogen werden? Diese Forschungsfragen leiten dieses Projekt, um das fachhistorische Wissen über die Interaktion und wechselseitige Abhängigkeit von Wissenschaft und Politik während des Zweiten Weltkriegs zu erweitern und den Beitrag der akademischen Psychologie zu nationalsozialistischen Kriegsverbrechen aufzuarbeiten.
Surviving what you have never experienced. Subtitle: The hidden wounds of war: An investigation into the phenomenon of transgenerational trauma and survival
Project status: Running
Faculty: Psychotherapy Science
Project leader: Katarina Možina
Project runtime: 01.09.2016 - 31.12.2020
Research Focus:
  • Psychotherapy and Society
  • Applied Psychotherapy Science Research
Topic:
  • Transgenerational Trauma Research
Project leader:

Katarina Možina (katmozina@gmail.com

Project team:

 

Cooperation partners:

keine

Project runtime:

01.09.2016 - 31.12.2020

Grants:

none

Description:

English
The aim of the research is to investigate and describe the meaning of emergence and development of patterns of transgenerational transmission of traumatic experiences of the victims of totalitarian regimes during and after World War II in Slovenian national territory.
I’m addressing the research question through in-depth narrative interviews with victims of war and post-war violence and representatives of two generations of their descendants.
The main research question is: What is the lived experience of transgenerational transmission of traumatic experiences of the victims of totalitarian regimes during and after world war II and their descendents?According to these, I further investigate how they perceive and narrate (transgenerational) trauma and how (transegenerational) trauma influences their identity, activities and relationships.
In my research I’m collecting narratives from three generations of three families – representatives of the first generation being the “living witnesses” (born between 1925 and 1941). The cases are non-clinical and they were selected with the help of researchers from the field of recent history and the Study Center for National Reconciliation.
I’m collecting the narratives by conducting semi-structured interviews using as a basis preprepared open-ended questions introducing the topics that represent the main issues of my interest although in each case the participants are given an opportunity to speak freely. 
For analysing the data I use Phenomenology - qualitative research methodology that provides an interpretative approach to the content of in-depth interviews, which in my thesis is vital for obtaining the desired data. The goal of analysis is to study how people make meaning of their lived experience to understand how meaning is created through embodied perception.
Symbolic language in OCD
Simbolni jezik obsesivno - kompulzivne motnje
Project status: Completed
Faculty: Psychotherapy Science
Project leader: Mag. Urška Battelino, Psychoanalyst
Project runtime: 04.09.2016 - 23.10.2019
Research Focus:
  • Applied Psychotherapy Science Research
Topic:
  • Research on the Psychotherapeutic Process
Project leader:

Mag. Urška Battelino, Psychoanalyst (ubattelino@gmail.com

Project team:

 

Cooperation partners:

Univ.-Ass.in Dr.in Erzsébet Fanni Tóth; Sigmund Freud University Vienna; Prof.Dr.Mojca Zvezdana Dernovšek; University of Ljubljana - Faculty of medicine

Project runtime:

04.09.2016 - 23.10.2019

Grants:

none

Description:

English
In my research I am focusing on the theoretical concept behind the psychoanalytic treatment of OCD by introducing the conceptual metaphor theory which is my suggested basis for developing a model for the interpretation of obsessive-compulsive symptomatology. Recognition and understanding of the abstract meanings of an individual’s conceptual system can serve as a tool that, especially during psychoanalytic therapy, makes an important contribution towards a more oriented and consistent interpretation of the symbolic meaning of OCD symptoms.  Psychotherapy is a metaphoric activity. During the therapy the patient articulates their sensations, experiences and what the patient is going through with the help of metaphors, all the while the therapist tries to understand the patient’s metaphoric language and tries to, during the analysis of a patient’s conceptual system, attribute corresponding meanings to expressions. (Arlow, 1979) Psychoanalytical work is based around the use of metaphors, it is also a discovery of the unconscious metaphorical meaning of symptoms. The goal of  the psychoanalytical process is to reach an understanding  of a symptom from the point of view of its latent meaning. In my psychoanalytic practice and in my case studies I have observed that patients with an obsessive-compulsive disorder recovered faster after developing an improved understanding about what their symptoms were saying. They were then able to use this acquired knowledge so that they enriched their psychological thinking while at the same time achieving a lessening in the severity of their symptoms. They learned to read the symbolic language of their symptoms and translated the symptoms into relevant information. With this, the nature of their symptoms changed from absolute and passed into relative content. An understanding of the significance of a particular symptom for an individual patient will help the patient to understand the symbolic nature of their symptoms and this in turn will lead to a lessening in the severity of the disorder. I expect the results will show a lessening in the severity of OCD. This lessening of the symptoms helps the patients to see and understand their underlying emotions and to live a more normal life.
“ALL THIS PEOPLE WILL GREET” Trauma healing and recovery.
“SVE ĆE TO NAROD POZLATITI (Srb., Cro., BiH)” “V ZLATU TI BO POVRNJENO” (Slo)
Project status: Running
Faculty: Psychotherapy Science
Project leader: Mag. Mirjana Frankovic, dipl.oec.
Project runtime: 01.10.2018 - 31.10.2022
Research Focus:
  • Psychotherapy and Society
Topic:
  • Psychopathology and Society
Project leader:

Mag. Mirjana Frankovic, dipl.oec. (mirjana.frankovic@valeovita.si

Project team:

 

Cooperation partners:

None

Project runtime:

01.10.2018 - 31.10.2022

Grants:

None

Description:

English
PROPOSED TITLE:
“ALL THIS PEOPLE WILL GREET” Trauma healing and recovery.
“SVE ĆE TO NAROD POZLATITI (Srb., Cro., BiH)”
“V ZLATU TI BO POVRNJENO” (Slo)

A transgenerational transfer of script and unresolved trauma: a qualitative study with sample of up to 3 families across three generations (max. 12 women) who volunteered to be a part of a research.
In my psychotherapy practice I have observed people expressing some behavior, thinking or feelings that could be related to unresolved trauma transmission. Intergenerational or multi-generational trauma happens when the effects of trauma are not resolved in one generation.
In my project I hope to contribute to understanding of trauma transmission between generations using the concepts of transactional analysis. Speaking about transgenerational transfer of trauma we can say that the trans-generational effects of trauma occur via a variety of mechanisms including the impact on the attachment relationship with caregivers.
The objectives of my study and research are:
- Review the relevant literature on the phenomenon of transgenerational trauma and script transfer.
- Record and archive personal experiences of a small group of individuals, who as children experienced bereavement or other severe psychological syndrome of a close family member because of the unresolved historical trauma.
- Examine the presence of the script injunction “Don’t exist” and counter-injunctions with these individuals and their families.
The concept of “The Script“ as introduced by Eric Berne the founder of Transactional Analysis in 1961 and later on deepened by C. Steiner in 1974 is essentially the blueprint for a life course. Script can be defined as people’s grown-up life patterns that are affected by childhood experience.
In Transactional analysis theory there are twelve injunctions defined by Mary and Bob Goulding from which my project will focus on “Don’t Exist” injunction.
With people who have contemplated suicide it is most likely that their script messages include a Don’t Exist (Don’t Be) injunction. The same is believed to be true if people feel worthless, useless or unlovable.
Methodology:
In dept, semi structured interview will be conducted with up to 12 individuals.
A transgenerational transfer of script and unresolved trauma: a qualitative study based on Transactional analysis theory with sample of up to 3 families across three (women line) or possibly 4 generations. The general invitation to get the research sample – interviewees will be to be presented to main cultural communities and publicly published. The candidates for interviewees (self-selects, voluntaries) will be invited for an introductory talk where I will select the final interviewees. The inclusion criteria which I will apply
- Family of at least three generations.
- At least one family member has migrated to or from Slovenia.
- At least one family member is presenting the symptoms of what could be described as “Don’t Exist” injunction.
The exclusion criteria would be any illness where the health state of interviewee would be endangered, or the research could be compromised.
The interviews will be performed on my office in Ljubljana or at the place of living of interviewee depending on the age and movability of her.
As this is very sensitive topic and personal trauma could be encountered the psychotherapy help of 10 hours per interviewee will be offered by SFU Ljubljana. The interviews will be recorded and done in Slovenian or any other ex-Yugoslav republic language as I speak most of them fluently and the transcripts will be translated into English language. The transcripts and translations will be done by me. If the professional translator is engaged, they will sign the non-disclosure and confidentiality agreement. The interviews will be recorded, and they will last for 60 minutes, if any misunderstanding or ambiguities we will have second interview for 30 minutes. All the interviewees will sign the Consent letter and Study Information latter in Slovene and if they understand also in English language.
All collected data will be protected against accidental or illegitimate destruction and loss. Prohibition of unauthorized data access is guaranteed.
All data will be anonymized. Person-related data will be encrypted immediately. Person-related data will be deleted accordingly, after relevance for scientific/statistical work is not given anymore. All data will be anonymized before being made accessible to data analysts and data processors (e.g.: assistants performing statistical analysis or transcribers of anonymous recordings). The research will be carried out in highest professional confidentiality. Eric Berne in his book “What Do You Say After You Say Hello?” defined a Script check list and a Therapy Check list. According to Berne the psychological mental health is living without script and the Therapy Check list is a list of forty items which indicate that client has come out of script. For the research purpose I will try to show that by unresolved psychological trauma the “Don’t Exist” injunction is passed on from generation to generation. I will use Bern’s check list to define past and present script matrix of the individuals introduced by Claude Steiner.
.Scientific discipline: Common European Research Classification Scheme, annex to CERIF (Common European Research project Information Format, Official Journal of the European Communities, L189, 1991)
B 650 Psychiatry, Theory of Ego states, Script theory, clinical psychology, psychosomatic (70%),
S 263 Social Psychology (3%)
S 261 Differential and individual psychology (20%)
S 220 Cultural Anthropology, Ethnology (3%)
S 210 Sociology (4%)

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Berne, E. (1972). What do you say after you say hello? The psychology of human destiny. Corgi Books.
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English, F. (1969). Episcript and the "hot potato" game. Transactional Analysis Bulletin. 8 (32), 77-82.
Harrington, E. F., Crowther, J. H., & Shipherd, J. C. (2010). Trauma, binge eating, and the “strong Black woman”. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 78(4), 469.
Hey J. (2018). Psychological Boundaries and Psychological Bridges: A Categorization and the Application of Transactional Analysis Concepts. International Journal of Transactional Analysis Research & Practice, 9 (1), 52-81.
James J. (1984) Grandparents and the Family Script Parade, Transactional Analysis Journal, 14:1, 18-28, DOI: 10.1177/036215378401400104
Milivojević Z., (2008). Emocije. Psihopolis Institute Novi Sad.
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Ljubljana, 2.1.2019
Mirjana Franković
Family Purpose in the 21st Century: an exploratory exemplar-style study on understanding and fostering among families with extraordinary responsibilites
Project status: Running
Faculty: Psychology
Project leader: Assoc.- Prof. Tarek el Sehity, Ph.D.; Prof. Anne Colby, Ph.D.; Assoc.- Prof. Kendall Bronk, Ph.D.
Project runtime: 15.07.2019 - 14.07.2022
Research Focus:
  • Economic Psychology
Topic:
  • Family Enterprise
Project leader:

Assoc.- Prof. Tarek el Sehity, Ph.D. (Tarek.el-Sehity@sfu.ac.at); Prof. Anne Colby, Ph.D. (acolby@stanford.edu); Assoc.- Prof. Kendall Bronk, Ph.D. (Kendall.Bronk@cgu.edu

Project team:

Project Advisor; Prof. Heinrich Liechtenstein, Ph.D. (hl@iese.edu); Project Advisor; Prof. William Damon, Ph.D. (wdamon@stanford.edu

Cooperation partners:

Claremont Graduate University; Stanford University

Project runtime:

15.07.2019 - 14.07.2022

Grants:

John Templeton Foundation, Grant # 61482

Description:

English
By definition, ultra-high net-worth (UHNW) families control large sums of money, and how that money is spent influences the lives of people around the world. These families too often squander money or spend it on intra-familial lawsuits, and money that might otherwise have benefitted causes the family supports, is lost. The social impact of this is significant. Wealth managers surmise the missing ingredient in helping these families more responsibly manage and transmit wealth across generations may be a collective family purpose.
This proposed study seeks to bring the scientific knowledge of individual purpose to bear on the problem of wealth transmission among UHNW-families and the growing number of families in the US and abroad that are well on their way to becoming UHNW-families. We aim to advance our understanding of how family purposes develop and how they can be encouraged. To that end, we hope to launch an exploratory, exemplar-style study that explores the conditions under which family purposes develop and are transmitted across generations. We also plan to partner with organizations that can help us share our findings with the families who stand to benefit from them the most. We have met with multiple organizations interested in collaborating with us. Accordingly, we believe findings from this proposed study will have a significant, positive impact on the way UHNW-families consider wealth transmission and their responsibility to others. Providing guidance to these families around how they can develop and transmit a collective family purpose that directs wealth distribution will have significant social benefits.
Family Purpose in the 21st Century: Understanding and fostering the development of family purpose for families with extraordinary responsibilites
Project status: Completed
Faculty: Psychology
Project leader: Assoc.- Prof. Kendall Bronk, Ph.D.; Assoc.- Prof. Tarek el Sehity, Ph.D.; Prof. Anne Colby, Ph.D.
Project runtime: 01.05.2018 - 29.03.2019
Research Focus:
  • Economic Psychology
Topic:
  • Wealth
  • Family Enterprise
Project leader:

Assoc.- Prof. Kendall Bronk, Ph.D. (Kendall.Bronk@cgu.edu); Assoc.- Prof. Tarek el Sehity, Ph.D. (Tarek.el-Sehity@sfu.ac.at); Prof. Anne Colby, Ph.D. (acolby1@stanford.edu

Project team:

 

Cooperation partners:

Claremont Graduate University; Stanford University

Project runtime:

01.05.2018 - 29.03.2019

Grants:

John Templeton Foundation, Grant #61229

Description:

English
With each new generation, an opportunity arises to reflect on, confirm, and transmit a family’s beliefs about its responsibility to others. In a fifteen-year program of research, we (Kendall Bronk, William Damon, and colleagues) have determined that purpose is essential for gaining an understanding of how people develop a commitment for responsibility to others. This research, however, has focused only on individual commitment: the question of how collective (or family) purpose develops has not been explored.

The proposed study seeks to bring the scientific knowledge of individual purpose to bear on the problem of wealth transmission among leading families and collective family purpose. In short, we aim to advance our understanding of how family purposes develop and how they can be encouraged, especially among families with extraordinary responsibilities.

Although it may well be the case that all families benefit by more intentionally focusing on their collective purpose, doing so may be particularly important for families who earn and inherit significant wealth, since these families control billions of dollars that can be allocated in socially beneficial ways or that can be squandered. The decisions these families make influence the lives of people around the world.

We are requesting funds to support a year to plan for a mixed-methods, empirical study that explores the conditions under which family purposes develop and are transmitted to new generations. We aim to better understand what effective family conversations about purpose entail, who broaches them, and what impact they have on family members. We seek to learn how purpose can help families with extraordinary responsibilities manage their resources in socially beneficial ways and how it can help such families thrive.
The relationship between personality and mental disorders in adult psychiatric outpatients
Odnos med osebnostjo in duševnimi motnjami pri odraslih psihiatričnih ambulantnih pacientih
Project status: Completed
Faculty: Psychotherapy Science
Project leader: Dr. Emil Benedik, clinical psychologist
Project runtime: 01.09.2015 - 31.08.2016
Research Focus:
  • Applied Psychotherapy Science Research
Topic:
  • Disorder-specific Research
Project leader:

Dr. Emil Benedik, clinical psychologist (emil.benedik@gmail.com

Project team:

 

Cooperation partners:

SFU Ljubljana

Project runtime:

01.09.2015 - 31.08.2016

Grants:

SFU Ljubljana

Description:

English
Many empirical studies give evidence of co-occurrence of mental and personality disorders (PDs). On the other hand psychoanalytic models (egg. Kernberg, 1986) explain the relationship between personality and mental disorders. This research examined the correlation between PDs and symptomatic mental disorders in adult psychiatric outpatients as they are represented in personality self-report inventories. The Personality Assessment Inventory (PAI; Morey, 2009) and the Questionnaire of Personality Disorders (VMO; Benedik, 2004) were used as diagnostics tools. The PAI is complex personality measure that consists of different personality trait dimensions on the one and specific symptom scales on the other hand. The VMO is a self–report instrument that reflects phenomenology of PDs and is focused on the basic experiencing of self and others in specific personality types (Benedik, 2009).The study was conducted on a sample of psychiatric outpatients from Psychiatric hospital of Begunje. Our results partly confirm the relationship between phenomenological aspect of personality pathology and mental disorders according to psychoanalytic theories.
Validation of the self–report Questionnaire of Personality Disorders (VMO-2)
Validacija Vprašalnika za motnje osebnosti VMO-2
Project status: Completed
Faculty: Psychotherapy Science
Project leader: Dr. Emil Benedik, clinical psychologist
Project runtime: 12.08.2015 - 31.08.2016
Research Focus:
  • Applied Psychotherapy Science Research
Topic:
  • Disorder-specific Research
Project leader:

Dr. Emil Benedik, clinical psychologist (emil.benedik@gmail.com

Project team:

 

Cooperation partners:

SFU Ljubljana

Project runtime:

12.08.2015 - 31.08.2016

Grants:

SFU Ljubljana

Description:

English
The self–report Questionnaire of Personality Disorders (VMO-2) was constructed on the basis of DSM-IV classification of personality disorders (APA, 1994), Beck's theory of dysfunctional beliefs (Beck et al., 2004) and psychoanalytic theories of personality (Kernberg, 1986). The items in the VMO emphasize phenomenological (psychological) and dimensional aspects of personality disorders, in comparison to psychiatric criteria, which are symptomatic and categorical. The VMO is focused on the basic experiencing of self and others in specific personality types. It consists of 193 items which are divided in 11 clinical scales (Histrionic, Obsessive-compulsive, Avoidant, Dependent, Depressive, Narcissistic, Borderline, Antisocial, Paranoid, Schizoid and Schizotypal PD scale) and a validity (Lie) scale. The preliminary research studies supported internal consistency and construct validity by PDQ-IV (Benedik, 2004; 2008). The current study examined the construct validity of VMO-2 by comparison with the Personality Inventory for DSM-5 (PID-5; Derringer, Markon, Watson and Skodol, 2013). The PID-5 was developed for direct assessment of the proposed personality trait system for DSM-5, alternative version for assessment of personality disorders. Our validity study is based on nonclinical sample of students. In the school year 2015/16 the VMO-2 was validated on sample of students SFU Ljubljana and Faculty of Health Care Jesenice. The results largely confirm the construct validity of the questionnaire.
The effectiveness of psychotherapy in Psychoterapeutic outpatient clinic SFU Ljubljana
Učinkovitost psihoterapevtske obravnave v psihoterapevtski ambulanti SFU Ljubljana
Project status: Running
Faculty: Psychotherapy Science
Project leader: Dr. Emil Benedik, clinical psychologist
Project runtime: 01.09.2017 - 31.12.2020
Research Focus:
  • Applied Psychotherapy Science Research
Topic:
  • Research on the Psychotherapeutic Process
Project leader:

Dr. Emil Benedik, clinical psychologist (emil.benedik@gmail.com

Project team:

 

Cooperation partners:

SFU Ljubljana

Project runtime:

01.09.2017 - 31.12.2020

Grants:

SFU Ljubljana

Description:

English
The aim of our research is to investigate the efficiency of selected types of psychotherapies (especially psychoanalytic and systemic) in student outpatient clinic of SFU Ljubljana. We would like to identify demographic and therapeutic factors which are related to therapeutic process and its outcome as well. Adult clients both sexes, who will attend therapy in clinic from 2017 to 2020 will participate in the research. Before the beginning of therapy different data will be collected, egg. reported symptoms, reasons for seeking help, nature of their motivation etc. Prior the therapy the Symptom Checklist SCL-90-R (Derogatis, 1983) and CORE-OM (Clinical Outcomes in Routine Evaluation – Outcome Measure”; Evans et. all, 2002) will be administrated to all clients. After specific period of time the CORE-OM will be repeated, after the end of therapy The Questionnaire of therapeutic factors in individual therapy (Benedik, 2017) will be administrated. We aspect we will confirm the efficiency of psychotherapy at specific time interval and therapeutic factors which lead to positive therapeutic outcome will be identified.
Slovenian
Povzetek: Psihoterapija se v zadnjih letih v klinični praksi vse bolj uveljavlja kot ena izmed metod zdravljenja psihičnih motenj. Poleg tega pa se skuša uveljaviti tudi na akademskem področju, v znanosti. V nekaj državah že delujejo fakultete za psihoterapevtsko znanost, v drugih je psihoterapija redni učni predmet v fakultetnih programih medicine in psihologije. Ob tem se vse bolj pojavlja potreba po preverjanju učinkovitosti različnih psihoterapevtskih oblik pri odpravljanju psihičnih težav. Namen naše raziskave je preveriti učinkovitost izbranih oblik psihoterapije (predvsem psihoanalitične in sistemske) v študentski psihoterapevtski ambulanti. Prav tako želimo preveriti, kateri terapevtski in drugi (npr. demografski) dejavniki so povezani s psihoterapevtskim procesom in njegovim izidom. V raziskavi sodelujejo klienti, ki so in bodo vključeni  v psihoterapevtsko ambulanto FPZ SFU Ljubljana med letom 2017 in 2020. Gre za odrasle kliente obeh spolov, z različnimi psihičnimi težavami. V psihoterapevtsko obravnavo bodo vključeni pri različnih študentih psihoterapije, ki delajo pod supervizijo. Poleg demografskih podatkov bomo beležili tudi ostale značilnosti klientov, ki jih vključuje redni postopek registracije v ambulanti (npr. značilnosti njihovih težav, razlogi za iskanje pomoči, predhodne izkušnje s psihoterapijo itd.). Zbirali bomo tudi podatke o vrsti psihoterapije, v katero bodo vključeni, terapevtskem settingu, značilnostih terapevta in samega terapevtskega procesa. V raziskavi so uporabljeni sledeči merski instrumenti: Pregled simptomov SCL-90 (The symptom checklist 90; Derogatis, 1983), CORE-OM (Clinical Outcomes in Routine Evaluation – Outcome Measure”; Evans in dr., 2002) in Vprašalnik o terapevtskih dejavnikih v individualni psihoterapiji (Benedik, 2017).   Rezultati bodo obdelani s kvantitativnimi statističnimi postopki. Predvidevamo, da bomo potrdili učinkovitost psihoterapije v specifičnem časovnem intervalu, in identificirali ključne psihoterapevtke dejavnike, ki prispevajo k pozitivnemu izidu psihoterapije.
Personality profile and choice of psychotherapy method in psychotherapy training
Persönlichkeitsbild und Wahl der Psychotherapiemethode in der Psychotherapieausbildung
Project status: Running
Faculty: Psychotherapy Science
Project leader: Univ.-Prof.in Dr.in Brigitte Sindelar
Project runtime: 01.11.2017 - 30.06.2020
Research Focus:
  • Applied Psychotherapy Science Research
Topic:
  • Psychotherapy Training Research
Project leader:

Univ.-Prof.in Dr.in Brigitte Sindelar (brigitte.sindelar@sfu.ac.at

Project team:

Univ.-Prof.in Dr. Jutta Fiegl (jutta.fiegl@sfu.ac.at); Christina Sindelar, BApth. (ch.sindelar@sindelar.at

Cooperation partners:

keine

Project runtime:

01.11.2017 - 30.06.2020

Grants:

keine

Description:

English
SFU’s unique situation of teaching different modalities of psychotherapy "under one roof" opens the door for research across various psychotherapeutic methods in treatment as well as in psychotherapy training. In this projects connections between personality traits of students and their choice of a psychotherapeutic modality as well as aspects of mental resilience and attachement competence are investigated based on the Rorschach protocols (RIM) of students of Psychotherapy Science.
Data collection took place during the first two semesters, when students are not yet familiar with the different concepts of human mentality, theories and treatment techniques of the particular psychotherapeutic modalities. Upon the end of the fourth semester, after they received introductory lectures to each modality offered at SFU they have to chose the modality of their psychotherapy training, starting the training in the chosen modality by semester 5.

In this research work the Rorschach (RIM) data of the beginners are set in relation to their choice of modality two years later, being aware that the decision for a specific modality is determined by various factors.
German
Anhand von Daten von Studierenden wird Zusammenhängen zwischen Persönlichkeitsmerkmalen und Wahl der Psychotherapiemethode sowie Aspekten psychischer Resilienz nachgegangen.
OMIS-1 RETROSPECTIVE STUDY
Project status: Running
Faculty: Psychotherapy Science
Project leader: Prof. Dr. Roland Schlesinger, MBA, MPH
Project runtime: 08.09.2019 - 19.04.2020
Research Focus:
  • Clinical research
Topic:
  • gynecological oncology
Project leader:

Prof. Dr. Roland Schlesinger, MBA, MPH (roland.schlesinger@sfu.ac.at

Project team:

 

Cooperation partners:

Mag. Spanberger ESQH Vienna Office; Fr. Dr. Vogl BIOBANK GRAZ; Univ.-Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Dr.techn. Institut für Health Care Engineering

Project runtime:

08.09.2019 - 19.04.2020

Grants:

Third-Party Sponsoring by Tumour Trace Ltd. London UK

Description:

English
The objectives to the study (primary / secondary target) are to determine the performance of QuickScan in characterizing low-grade precancerous abnormalities (HPV positive and/or CIN I), high-grade precancerous lesions (CIN 2 and CIN 3) and cervical cancer (stage pT1a and above) compared to cervical smear testing. Under laboratory conditions, the QuickScreen Device was able to perform on Cervical Cancer with an Accuracy >90% and Specivity between 86% - 93%. This retrospective study is the preparation of a Clinical Trial - Interventional Design (Multicenter in Europe and India).
The Usage of Artificial Networking and Quantum spectroscopy for cancer screening – Head and Neck Cancers
Project status: Running
Faculty: Psychotherapy Science
Project leader: Prof. Dr. Roland Schlesinger, MBA, MPH
Project runtime: 03.12.2017 - 30.03.2020
Research Focus:
  • Clinical research
Topic:
  • oncology
Project leader:

Prof. Dr. Roland Schlesinger, MBA, MPH (roland.schlesinger@sfu.ac.at

Project team:

Mag. Barbara Spanberger; Astrid Gantschacher (astrid.gantschacher@sfu.ac.at

Cooperation partners:

ESQH VIENNA OFFICE, TU GRAZ - INSTITUTE FOR HEALTH CARE ENGINEERING

Project runtime:

03.12.2017 - 30.03.2020

Grants:

Lancor Scientific Cancer Research Laboratory & TUMOUR TRACE Ltd.

Description:

English
Detection of precancerous and cancerous cells based on using photoelectric effects and AI Algorithms to detect magnetic fields that are typical for malignant tissues.
EUROPEAN NETWORK for CANCER Research in CHILDREN and ADOLESCENTS (ENCCA)
Project status: Completed
Faculty: Psychotherapy Science
Project leader: Dr. Roland Schlesinger, MBA, MPH; Mag. Martina Gantschacher
Project runtime: 13.05.2011 - 01.05.2019
Research Focus:
  • Clinical research
Topic:
  • pediatric oncology
Project leader:

Dr. Roland Schlesinger, MBA, MPH (roland.schlesinger@sfu.ac.at); Mag. Martina Gantschacher (astrid.gantschacher@sfu.ac.at

Project team:

Mag. Barbara Spanberger; Dr. Nikola Lutsch; Astrid Gantschacher (astrid.gantschacher@sfu.ac.at

Cooperation partners:

ESQH VIENNA OFFICE, UNIVERSITY COLLEGE LONDON, SIOP EUROPE ASBL, AIT AUSTRIAN INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY GMBH, CHARITE - UNIVERSITAETSMEDIZIN BERLIN, UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHAMPTON

Project runtime:

13.05.2011 - 01.05.2019

Grants:

EU Grant / Grant agreement ID: 261474

Description:

English
ENCCA aims to establish a durable, European Virtual Institute clinical and translational research in childhood and adolescent cancers that will define and implement an integrated research strategy and will facilitate the necessary investigator-driven clinical trials to introduce the new generation of biologically targeted drugs into a standard of care for children and adolescents with cancer. This will lead to more efficacious and less toxic therapies that will maximize the quality of life of the increasing number of survivors of cancer at a young age in Europe and allow them to assume their proper place in society. This biologically-driven research agenda will improve the training of the clinical investigators and translational scientists of the future to spread excellence, increase capacity to participate in research and monitor outcomes across Europe. Patients and their families will be full partners and will be better informed about the need for and processes of clinical research. They will be in a better situation to care from their long term health risks for children. Drug development will be accelerated in partnership with industry through improved access to young patients with cancer, to academic expertise in care, clinical and biological research. All of this will be achieved with respect for the highest ethical and patient safety standards. ENCCA will bring all stakeholders to the table in a timely and efficacious manner. It will address the needs of all the current multinational clinical trial groups for the benefit of children with cancer. It will provide them with common tools and approaches to solve the bottlenecks in testing new therapeutic strategies for those rare diseases in a vulnerable age group and in running a competitive clinical research agenda. Ongoing efforts to coordinate EU and US clinical research will be reinforced. ENCCA will be led by the most active EU institutes in the field, recognized as being at the forefront of excellence.
Cancer Type Characterisation by Opto-Magnetic Spectroscopy Based on Digital Imaging and AI Algorithms on - Cervical Cancer
Verwendung von Künstlicher Intelligenz & Opto-magnetische Spektroskopie in der Krebsfrüherkennung am Beispiel „Cervical Karzinom“
Project status: Running
Faculty: Psychotherapy Science
Project leader: Prof. Dr. Roland Schlesinger, MBA, MPH; Mag. Martina Gantschacher; Prof. Dr. Djuro Koruga
Project runtime: 12.11.2017 - 30.09.2019
Research Focus:
  • Clinical research
Topic:
  • gynecological oncology
Project leader:

Prof. Dr. Roland Schlesinger, MBA, MPH (roland.schlesinger@sfu.ac.at); Mag. Martina Gantschacher (martina.gantschacher@sfu.ac.at); Prof. Dr. Djuro Koruga 

Project team:

 

Cooperation partners:

ESQH VIENNA OFFICE, MEDICAL UNIVERSITY OF BELGRADE, DEPARTMENT OF BIOMEDICAL ENGINEERING AND NANOMEDICINE AT ECPD,

Project runtime:

12.11.2017 - 30.09.2019

Grants:

Tumour Trace Ltd.

Description:

English
Classification of cancerous cells by the usage of quantum physical effects and AI Algorithms as electromagnetic changes occur when cells translate from a healthy state to a cancerous state.
„Sprechende Gebrauchsinformation“ für Arzneimittel – speziell für blinde und stark sehbehinderte Personen
„Sprechende Gebrauchsinformation“ für Arzneimittel – speziell für blinde und stark sehbehinderte Personen
Project status: Completed
Faculty: Psychotherapy Science
Project leader: Mag. Martina Gantschacher; Dr. Roland Schlesinger, MBA, MPH
Project runtime: 04.07.2010 - 28.10.2012
Research Focus:
  • Clinical research
Topic:
  • visual impairment and blindness
Project leader:

Mag. Martina Gantschacher (astrid.gantschacher@sfu.ac.at); Dr. Roland Schlesinger, MBA, MPH (roland.schlesinger@sfu.ac.at

Project team:

Mag. Barbara Operschall 

Cooperation partners:

ESQH VIENNA OFFICE, Blinden und Seh-behindertenverband Österreich

Project runtime:

04.07.2010 - 28.10.2012

Grants:

ESQH VIENNA OFFICE

Description:

English
Scientific evaluation of the application security of a novel system in blind and visually impaired persons, as well as opinion polls on consumer acceptance in Austria.
Mental health of children and adolescents: protective factors, resilience factors, vulnerability factors
Seelische Gesundheit von Kindern und Jugendlichen: Protektive Faktoren, Resilienzfaktoren, Vulnerabilitätsfaktoren
Project status: Running
Faculty: Psychotherapy Science
Project leader: Univ.-Prof. Dr. Brigitte Sindelar
Project runtime: 01.11.2017 - 31.10.2019
Research Focus:
  • Children and Adolescent Psychotherapy and Development
Topic:
  • Clinical Research in Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy
Project leader:

Univ.-Prof. Dr. Brigitte Sindelar (b.sindelar@sindelar.at

Project team:

Team von Studierenden der SFU 

Cooperation partners:

psychotherapeutische Ambulanzen für Kinder und Jugendliche der SFU

Project runtime:

01.11.2017 - 31.10.2019

Grants:

keine

Description:

English
In the years 2011 to 2017 more than 2700 children and adolescents consulted the Sigmund Freud’s Private University psychotherapeutic outpatient clinics for children and adolescents in Vienna for psychotherapeutic treatment. The most common reasons for registration were learning problems and problems at school (over 53 percent), conduct disorders (over 50 percent), followed by anxiety (over 28 percent), aggression (over 23 percent) and depression (over 20 percent).These numbers substantiate a fact: somatic childhood diseases have lost their menace in the Western world. Instead, disorders of social, emotional and cognitive development have taken their place as "new childhood illnesses". International studies show that 15 to 22 percent of children and adolescents suffer from mental disorders. An epidemiological study in Austria on the mental health of children and adolescents aged 10 to 14 (MHAT study, 2014) has shown, that at least one in five adolescents is affected by a mental health problem requiring treatment, with 47 percent of them affected by more than one. In this research project, the available data on emotional, social and cognitive development, such as on pregnancy and childbirth, somatic illnesses, parental separation or divorce, somatic and / or mental illness of the parents as well as data on development, early third party childcare, migration, sibling position, education level and professional situation of the parents and many more are analyzed. The aim of this extensive research project is to identify risk factors and resilience-enhancing factors for the mental health of children and adolescents that allow to draw conclusions concerning preventive measures. There lies an eminently potential in the expected results of this particular research project: if these factors can be identified, they provide the basis for newly developing knowledge to stabilize the health of future generations. And that knowledge also offers the key to reduce the exploding costs of healthcare.
German
In den Jahren 2011 bis 2017 wurden an den psychotherapeutischen Ambulanzen für Kinder und Jugendliche der Sigmund Freud PrivatUniversität in Wien mehr als 2700 Kinder und Jugendliche zur psychotherapeutischen Behandlung vorgestellt. Die häufigsten Gründe für die Anmeldung waren Lern- und Schulschwierigkeiten (über 53 Prozent), Störungen des Sozialverhaltens (über 50 Prozent), gefolgt von Angst (über 28 Prozent), Aggression (über 23 Prozent) und Depression (über 20 Prozent). Diese Zahlen untermauern ein Faktum:  körperliche Kinderkrankheiten haben in der westlichen Welt ihre Bedrohlichkeit verloren, Störungen der sozialen, emotionalen und kognitiven Entwicklung als „neue Kinderkrankheiten“ deren Platz eingenommen. Internationale Studien zeigen, dass zwischen 15 und 22 Prozent der Kinder und Jugendlichen unter psychischen Störungen leiden (Barkmann & Schulte-Marktwort 2004; 2010). Eine epidemiologische Studie in Österreich zur psychischen Gesundheit von Kindern und Jugendlichen im Alter von 10 bis 14 Jahren (MHAT-Studie, 2014) ergab, dass auch hierzulande mindestens jeder fünfte Jugendliche von einem behandlungsbedürftigen psychischen Problem, 47 Prozent davon von mehr als einem, betroffen ist. In diesem Forschungsprojekt wird das vorliegende  Datenmaterial zur emotionalen, sozialen und kognitiven Entwicklung, wie z.B. zu Schwangerschaft und Geburt, körperlichen Erkrankungen, Trennung bzw. Scheidung der Eltern, körperlicher und/oder psychischer Erkrankung der Eltern sowie Daten zu Entwicklung, früher Fremdbetreuung, Migration, Geschwisterposition, Bildungsniveau und beruflicher Situation der Eltern u.v.m.  analysiert. Ziel dieses umfangreichen Forschungsprojekts ist es, Risikofaktoren bzw. die Resilienz fördernde Faktoren für die psychische Gesundheit von Kindern und Jugendlichen herauszuarbeiten, die Schlussfolgerungen für präventive Maßnahmen ermöglichen.  Damit liegt ein ganz besonderes Potenzial in den zu erwartenden Ergebnissen dieses speziellen Forschungsprojektes: Denn wenn es gelingt, diese Faktoren zu identifizieren, so liefern diese die Grundlage für ein neu zu entwickelndes Wissen zur Stabilisierung der Gesundheit künftiger Generationen. Und in diesem Wissen liegt auch der Schlüssel zu einer Reduzierung explodierender Kosten für ein Gesundheitswesen.
The threatening patient
Bedrohung Patient
Project status: Completed
Faculty: Psychotherapy Science
Project leader: Univ.-Prof. Dr. Brigitte Sindelar
Project runtime: 01.01.2015 - 31.10.2019
Research Focus:
  • Applied Psychotherapy Science Research
Topic:
  • Research on the Psychotherapeutic Process
Project leader:

Univ.-Prof. Dr. Brigitte Sindelar (brigitte.sindelar@sfu.ac.at

Project team:

Carmen Auer, BA 

Cooperation partners:

keine

Project runtime:

01.01.2015 - 31.10.2019

Grants:

keine

Description:

English
Empirical study on aggressive patient behaviour in psychotherapeutic settings.
German
Empirische Untersuchung zu aggressivem Patientenverhalten im psychotherapeutischen Einzelsetting.
Italian validation of the Preschool Anxiety Scale - Revised (PAS-R, Edwards et al., 2010)
Project status: Running
Faculty: Psychology
Project leader: Prof. Simona Scaini; Prof. Marcella Caputi; Prof. Barbara Forresi, Ph.D
Project runtime: 14.02.2019 - 01.12.2021
Research Focus:
  • Developmental Psychology; Developmental Psychopathology, Child- and Adolescent Psychology
Topic:
  • diagnostics
  • anxiety
Project leader:

Prof. Simona Scaini (s.scaini@milano-sfu.it); Prof. Marcella Caputi; Prof. Barbara Forresi, Ph.D (b.forresi@milano-sfu.it

Project team:

 

Cooperation partners:

-

Project runtime:

14.02.2019 - 01.12.2021

Grants:

-

Description:

English
STUDY DESCRIPTION:
Objective: The purpose of the study is to validate the Italian version of the Preschool Anxiety Scale Revised (PAS, Edwards et al., 2010). Anxiety disorders are the most common class of childhood psychopathology, with point-prevalence estimates averaging around 2.5 to 5% in community samples (Rapee, Schniering, & Hudson, 2009). Across the lifespan, anxiety disorders demonstrate some of the strongest stability of any disorders, have an early age of onset, and are associated with moderate to marked life impairment (Rapee et al., 2009). In the last years research have greatly increased our understanding of the prevalence, impact, and treatment of anxiety in older children, however very little is known about the nature of anxiety in the preschool age group (Campbell, 1995; Egger & Angold, 2006; Eley et al.,2003). To our knowledge, we have no questionnaire validated in Italian populations to measure anxiety in preschoolers. Thus, the Italian version of this measure could help assessment of these difficulties in general and clinical populations.
Methods: 450 children and adolescents (age 3–6) will be recruited in school settings. Parents will fill-in several self-report questionnaires (see measures section), in addition to PAS, in order to assess construct validity. Statistical analysis, such as explorative and confirmatory factorial analysis, Pearson product-moment correlation, will be used to investigate factorial structure and psychometric properties. The questionnaire will be readministered one month later in order to test the test-retest reliability.
Parents will be informed about the aims of the research and will sign an informed consent in order to allow their children’s participation in the study in accordance with Declaration of Helsinki.
Instagram and body image: a longitudinal study
Instagram e immagine corporea: uno studio longitudinale
Project status: Running
Faculty: Psychology
Project leader: Prof. Simona Scaini, PhD; Prof. Barbara Forresi, PhD; Prof Marcella Caputi
Project runtime: 15.11.2018 - 12.06.2020
Research Focus:
  • Developmental Psychology; Developmental Psychopathology, Child- and Adolescent Psychology
Topic:
  • social media
Project leader:

Prof. Simona Scaini, PhD (s.scaini@milano-sfu.it); Prof. Barbara Forresi, PhD (b.forresi@milano-sfu.it); Prof Marcella Caputi 

Project team:

Mr. Marco Codenotti (codenottimarco@gmail.com); Mr. Sasha Mattia Criscuolo (sasha.mattia.criscuolo@gmail.com

Cooperation partners:

keine

Project runtime:

15.11.2018 - 12.06.2020

Grants:

keine

Description:

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Introduction
Decades of research have documented the negative influence that traditional media (e.g. magazines and television) has on people’s body image concerns (Groesz et al., 2002; Grabe et al., 2008; Bartlett et al., 2008).The growing body of literature that is beginning to investigate the consequences of new forms of social media on body image, indicates that social network usage (various studies specifically examine Facebook usage) is associated with increased body dissatisfaction (Holland and Tiggemann, 2016; Fardouly et a., 2015; Tiggemann and Slater, 2013). Although most of the research done on body dissatisfaction has been done on females, it has become a pervasive problem also for men (Jung, Forbes, & Chan, 2010; Mishkind et al. 1986; Neighbors & Sobal, 2007). Dissatisfaction with muscle size and desire to increase it is widespread in men, as reported in both qualitative (Ridgeway and Tylka, 2005) and quantitative studies (Frederick et al., 2007; Tiggemann, Martins, & Churchett, 2008).A longitudinal study (De Vries et al., 2016) done on male and female high school students  showed that greater social media usage predicted greater body dissatisfaction, but body dissatisfaction did not predict social media usage. This suggested that social media negatively impacts people’s body image, rather than social media being sought out by who has high body dissatisfaction.According to Thompson’s socio cultural model, thinness-ideal internalization in women and muscularity-ideal internalization in men are thought to directly foster body dissatisfaction because these ideals are virtually unattainable for most (1999, 2001). Social comparison, peer appearance-related feedback and thinness-ideal internalization have been identified as mediators in the relationship between Social Network Usage and Body Dissatisfaction/body image concerns (Fardouly and Vartanian, 2015; Vries et al., 2016; Lawler and Nixon, 2011). In a detailed study of different Facebook activities, Meier and Gray (2014) determined that time on Facebook wasn’t directly related to body image concerns. Instead, engaging in photo-related activities (e.g. sharing and posting photos of oneself and friends) was.McLean et al. (2015) showed how girls that often shared self-images on socialmedia, compared to those who did not, reported significantly higher body dissatisfaction,and internalization of the thin ideal. Furthermore, editing photos more often and higher “photo investment” were found to be highly associated with body dissatisfaction.Facebook has been the focus of most of the research on social media and body image. However, Instagram is more image-based than Facebook, and thus may provide moreopportunities for users to compare their appearance to Others. (Fardouly and Vartanian, 2016).  The current study aims to investigate the relationship between instagram usage, photo manipulation and investment (McLean et al, 2015) and body image concerns in both male and female adolescents.The main goal of this study is to test two proposed hypothesis’ that have not yet been examined in a longitudinal study:
  • Low self-esteem and high internalization of societal ideals of beauty will lead to increased media use which, in turn, will lead to higher body dissatisfaction through social comparison. This would be in line with Perfloff’s model (2014).
  • Photo manipulation predicts body image concerns through body surveillance (i.e. body surveillance is a mediator in the relationship between photo manipulation and body image concerns), as proposed by McLean et al (2015)
To our knowledge, this would be the first study done in Italy on Instagram use and body image concerns/satisfaction 

Procedure
The study will consist in a three wave panel study, with approximately six months between waves. This will allow to test also for mediating variables. Participants who accept to participate will be asked to complete a self-report questionnaire in italian with questions regarding Instagram usage, self-photo related activities and body satisfaction. The administered questionnaire will be the same in all three waves. 

Participants Around 500 italian high-school students (both male and female) attending grades 9th through 12th in the first wave. Students attending grade 13 (last year) will be excluded since it would not be possible to collect their data in the third wave. The study will be conducted on adolescents (13-19 years old), given the pivotal role that body image plays in adolescent development and wellbeing (Markey 2010).
Italian validation of the Anger Regulation and Expression Scale (ARES, DiGiuseppe & Tafrate, 2011) and the Anger Cognition Scale (ACS, Martin & Dahlen, 2017).
Project status: Completed
Faculty: Psychology
Project leader: Dr Simona Scaini
Project runtime: 14.02.2019 - 01.12.2019
Research Focus:
  • Developmental Psychology; Developmental Psychopathology, Child- and Adolescent Psychology
Topic:
  • diagnostics
  • aggression
Project leader:

Dr Simona Scaini (s.scaini@milano-sfu.it

Project team:

 

Cooperation partners:

Studi Cognitivi

Project runtime:

14.02.2019 - 01.12.2019

Grants:

-

Description:

English
STUDY DESCRIPTION:Objective: The purpose of the study was to validate Italian version of the Anger Regulation and Expression Scale (ARES, DiGiuseppe & Tafrate, 2011) and the Anger Cognition Scale (ACS, Martin & Dahlen, 2017). A number of CBT interventions have been used to treat clinically disturbed anger and aggressive expression of anger. However, to our knowledge, we have no Italian scales to measure anger in childhood and adolescence. Thus, the Italian version of these two measures could help assessment of these difficulties in clinical practice. Methods: 500 children and adolescents (age 11–18) will be recruited in school settings. Children and adolescents will fill-in several self-report questionnaires (see measures section), in addition to ARES and ACS, in order to assess construct validity. Statistical analysis, such as explorative and confirmatory factorial analysis, Pearson product-moment correlation, will be used to investigate factorial structure and psychometric properties. Parents will be informed about the aims of the research and will sign an informed consent in order to allow their children’s participation in the study in accordance with Declaration of Helsinki.
An exploratory study on meta-cognition, worry and anxious symptoms in children.
Project status: Completed
Faculty: Psychology
Project leader: Dr Simona Scaini
Project runtime: 14.02.2019 - 14.02.2019
Research Focus:
  • Developmental Psychology; Developmental Psychopathology, Child- and Adolescent Psychology
Topic:
  • anxiety
  • diagnostics
Project leader:

Dr Simona Scaini (s.scaini@milano-sfu.it

Project team:

 

Cooperation partners:

Prof.ssa Benedetto, University of Messina

Project runtime:

14.02.2019 - 14.02.2019

Grants:

-

Description:

English
Short Study Description: Meta-cognition refers to the “stable knowledge or beliefs about one’s own cognitive system, and knowledge about factors that affect the functioning of the system; the regulation and awareness of the current state of cognition, and appraisal of the significance of thought and memories” (Wells, 1995, p. 302). Wells and Matthews (1994, 1996) developed the self-regulatory executive function (S-REF) model in which meta-cognitive beliefs play a role in the persistence of maladaptive forms of coping (e.g. heightened self-focused attention, rumination and worry, and threat monitoring; termed the cognitive attentional syndrome - CAS), which in turn contribute to the development and maintenance of psychological disturbances and distress. Meta-cognitive beliefs can be divided in: 1) positive meta-cognitive beliefs about control strategies that impact on inner events and 2) negative meta-cognitive beliefs concerning the significance, controllability, and danger of inner events (Wells, 2000).
Coherently with the S-REF model, meta-cognition has been investigated as a feature of generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), post-traumatic stress disorder, obsessive-compulsive and panic disorder, and depression on adult populations (Cucchi et al., 2012; Holeva, Tarrier, &Wells, 2001; Papageorgiou & Wells, 2003). Recent studies have extended the meta-cognitive model to a different target age, evaluating its applicability to children and adolescents (Ellis & Hudson, 2010; Esbjørn, Normann, & Reinholdt-Dunne, 2015; Simons, Schneider, & Herpertz-Dahlmann, 2006).
Previous research suggests that children as young as 7 years of age endorse both positive and negative beliefs about worry, and that these beliefs are positively associated with emotional symptoms. Moreover, emerging research supports the extension of metacognitive model of anxiety to developmental age populations. Thus, studies on worry and metacognition in children affected by anxious and depressive symptoms can help in determining whether the metacognitive model can be applied to children. Moreover, no study, to our knowledge, has so far compared worry and positive/negative beliefs about worry in different types of anxiety symptoms. In addition, the role of depressive symptoms in moderating the relationship between worry/metacognition and anxiety is actually unclear. Evaluating whether metacognitive processes contribute to the development and maintenance of anxiety symptoms can guide the development of specific training for the treatment of anxiety disorders, as well as the elaboration of preventive programs.
Interestingly, studies conducted on both adults and adolescents found that low emotion identification skills and emotional awareness are able to predict poor emotion regulation strategies and higher rates of anxiety/depression (Ciarrochi et al., 2008; Taylor & Bagby, 2004). Therefore, such constructs also deserve to be investigated in the present work.

The main purpose of the study is to evaluate metacognitive processes (worry and rumination) and metacognitive beliefs in children presenting different types of anxiety symptoms (somatic anxiety, separation anxiety, social anxiety, generalized anxiety) and depressive symptoms, considering the moderation effect of emotional status, emotional awareness and meta-emotive competence. In addition, considering the tight (and variable) relation among theory of mind, executive functions and metacognition, relevant measures assessing such abilities will be administered to children. Finally, the relationship between children’s and parents’ metacognition will be analysed.