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Corrective Experiences in Psychotherapy
Project status: Completed
Faculty: Psychotherapy Science
Project leader: Dr. Kathrin Mörtl
Project runtime: 01.10.2011 - 31.12.2016
Research Focus:
  • Applied Psychotherapy Science Research
Topic:
  • Research on the Psychotherapeutic Process
Project leader:

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

Project team:

Mag. Adriana Mackova; Mag. Himanshu Giri; Mag. Alla Kirsha; Mag. Nusa Tojnko 

Cooperation partners:

Prof. Lynne Angus (Toronto); Prof. Mike Constantino (Boston); Dr. Martin Kuska (Prag); Prof. Andres Roussos (Buenos Aires)

Project runtime:

01.10.2011 - 31.12.2016

Grants:

keine

Description:

English
The construct of corrective experience has a long history in psychotherapy (Alexander & French, 1946; Wallerstein, 1990). Although definitions vary among clinical theorists and across treatment orientations, all suggest a type of transformative experience or set of experiences for the psychotherapy patient. Despite a rich theoretical history, though, there is precious little empirical information on patients’ perceptions of what is therapeutically corrective, or transformative. Thus, the primary aim of this project is to investigate patients’ posttreatment accounts of corrective experiences in psychotherapy using a qualitative interview methodology.

The primary research questions include: (1) In reflecting back on the time since beginning, and ultimately completing, therapy, what do patients perceive as aspects of self, other, and/or relationships (cognitive, affective, or relational in nature) that get corrected? (2) In reflecting back on the same time frame, what do patients perceive as corrective experiences (i.e., instances in therapy, outside of therapy, or in interaction with others, including possibly the therapist) that fostered what was corrected? and (3) Are any perceptions moderated by type of therapy (as the naturalistic settings include multiple forms of treatment).

Collaborative Research
This project is a multi-site collaboration study involving three universities. Data collection and analysis has already started the University of Massachusetts (Mike Constantino, PH.D.), York University (Prof. Lynne Angus, Kathrin Moertl, PH.D.) and Columbia University (Prof. Barry Farber) in 2011. In 2013 the sites of Sigmund Freud University in Vienna and Paris joined the international multisite project (Kathrin Moertl, PH.D., Prof. Georges Elias Sarfati).

Patients and Settings Patients will be consenting adult outpatients (age 18 and over) who complete a course of naturalistically delivered psychotherapy at one of the five study sites (UMass, York University, Columbia University, SFU Vienna and Paris, Psychosocial Studies College, Prague). For the SFU sites, approximately 30 patients will be included in the present study (15 in Vienna, 15 in Paris). These patients will be treated at the outpatient clinic at SFU Vienna and Paris. These patients will be pooled with approximately 15 patients at UMass, 15 at York and 5 at Columbia to create a sample size of approximately 60 patients. This reflects a large sample for the intensive qualitative analyses that will be conducted, and it should safely allow for both saturation/stability of the emerging themes and the ability to compare findings across certain characteristics (e.g., treatment type).

Interview and Interviewers
Following their termination from treatment, patients will engage in a semi-structured interview that will assess patients’ reflections on broad and therapy specific corrective experiences. The interviews will be conducted in-person by trained graduate research assistants and will last approximately 45 min to 1 hr. Each interview will consist of the same set of open-ended questions with flexible follow-up prompts. The principal investigator at each site will train (post‐feedback) and supervise their local interviewers on the final protocol.

Data Analysis
Data will be analyzed based on audio recordings and transcripts of semi-structured post therapy interviews according to Grounded Theory Methodology (Glaser & Strauss, 1967). This method allows investigators to gain a rich understanding of patients’ first hand experiences of corrective experiences in psychotherapy – i.e., events or insights that patients believe have meaningfully changed their perspectives, feelings/cognitions, or relationships as a result of participating in treatment. Grounded Theory Methodology provides a set of systematic coding procedures (Mey & Mruck, 2007) that facilitates the development of tailor-made category system and conceptual model that are grounded in the data under investigation – e.g. patient corrective experiences – rather than applying a set of a priori established categories.

Output (in progress)
Academic theses:
Mackova, Adriana (2013): Client reports on corrective experiences in psychotherapy. A qualitative analysis (SFU Wien, Master thesis).
Giri, Himanshu (2015): Trainee Therapists‘ perceptions of Corrective Experiences in Individual Therapy. [Master thesis, SFU Vienna]
The avalanche disaster of Blons, Großes Walsertal, in 1954
Die Lawinenkatastrophe von Blons im Großen Walsertal 1954
Project status: Running
Faculty: Psychotherapy Science
Project leader: Univ.-Prof. DDr. Bernd Rieken
Project runtime: 01.10.2009 - 31.12.2021
Research Focus:
  • Applied Psychotherapy Science Research
Topic:
  • Trauma and Disaster Research
Project leader:

Univ.-Prof. DDr. Bernd Rieken (forschung@sfu.ac.at

Project team:

 

Cooperation partners:

Univ.-Prof. Dr. Michael Simon, Abt. Kulturanthropologie der Univ. Mainz

Project runtime:

01.10.2009 - 31.12.2021

Grants:

Keine

Description:

English
This project is planned on the one hand as a comparative study to Galtür (see: interpretation of interviews with affected people in Galtür from a therapy schools and cultural science perspective), on the other hand as a methodological guideline for differences and synergies in ethnological and psychoanalytical field research. Those researches are in general entering different paths due to different theoretical assumptions (constructivism vs. essentialism). Field study took place 10/2009. Publication of a book is in progress.
German
Das Projekt ist einerseits als Vergleichsstudie zu Galtür (siehe: Interpretation von Interviews mit Betroffenen der Lawinenkatastrophe von Galtür aus der Sicht verschiedener Therapieschulen und der Kulturwissenschaft) geplant, andererseits als Methodenbuch hinsichtlich der Unterschiede und Synergieeffekte bei ethnologischen und psychoanalytischen Feldforschungen, die in der Regel wegen abweichender theoretischer Vorgaben (Stichwort Konstruktivismus versus Naturalismus) getrennte Wege gehen. Die Feldforschung hat im Oktober 2009 stattgefunden, eine Buchpublikation ist in Arbeit und soll 2018 erscheinen.
Tako-Tsubo syndrome: stress-induced cardiomyopathy in Austria
Tako-Tsubo Syndrom: Stress-induzierte Kardiomyopathie in Österreich
Project status: Running
Faculty: Psychotherapy Science
Project leader: Univ. Prof.in Dr.in Jutta Fiegl
Project runtime: 01.05.2018 - 31.12.2020
Research Focus:
  • Clinical Research
Topic:
  • Psychosomatics
Project leader:

Univ. Prof.in Dr.in Jutta Fiegl (jutta.fiegl@sfu.ac.at

Project team:

Eva Wimmer, MA (eva.wimmer@sfu.ac.at

Cooperation partners:

Prof. Dr. Kurt Huber/SFU Med

Project runtime:

01.05.2018 - 31.12.2020

Grants:

Keine

Description:

English
Takotsubo syndrome (TTS) is a heart disease with symptoms similar to acute myocardial infarction, which is often triggered by acute or chronic stress. The TTS has been systematically examined in Austria as part of a prospective study since 2013. The SFU Vienna Institute for Qualitative Psychotherapy Research has also been involved in the study since 2018.
All patients diagnosed with TTS at the Wilhelminenspital Vienna since 2006 are invited to participate in the study. Qualitative interviews are conducted with the patient in order to be able to describe psychosocial stress and biographical influences on a subjective level. The project serves to better understand the rare and complex disease and to establish starting points for psychotherapeutic interventions in the clinical setting and beyond.
German
Beim Takotsubo-Syndrom (TTS) handelt es sich um eine dem aktuen Myokardinfarkt ähnliche, häufig durch akuten oder chronischen Stress ausgelöste Herzerkrankung. Das TTS wird in Österreich im Rahmen einer prospektiven Studie seit 2013 systematisch untersucht. Seit 2018 ist auch das Institut für Qualitative Psychotherapieforschung der SFU Wien an der Studie beteiligt.
Alle seit 2006 im Wilhelminenspital Wien mit TTS diagnostizierten PatientInnen werden eingeladen, an der Studie teilzunehmen. Mit der PatientInnen werden qualitative Interviews geführt, um psychosoziale Belastungen und biografische Einflüsse auf subjektiver Ebene beschreiben zu können. Das Projekt dient dem besseren Verständnis der seltenen und komplexen Erkrankung sowie der Etablierung von Ansatzpunkten psychotherapeutischer Interventionen im klinischen Setting und darüber hinaus.
Psychotherapeutic care during the Corona pandemic: An evaluation of the digital therapy offered by the outpatient clinic of the Sigmund Freud Private University
Psychotherapeutische Versorgung in Zeiten der Corona Pandemie: eine Evaluation der digitalen Therapieangebote der Ambulanz an der Sigmund FreudPrivatuniversität Wien
Project status: Completed
Faculty: Psychotherapy Science
Project leader: MMag.a Lisa Winter
Project runtime: 03.05.2020 - 31.08.2020
Research Focus:
  • Psychotherapy and Society
  • Quality Management
Topic:
  • Psychopathology and Society
Project leader:

MMag.a Lisa Winter (lisa.winter@sfu.ac.at

Project team:

Paul Rach (info@rachpaul.com); Catherine Dapeci (catherine.dapeci@sfu.ac.at

Cooperation partners:

Prof., Christiane, Eichenberg/Sigmund Freud PrivatUniversität

Project runtime:

03.05.2020 - 31.08.2020

Grants:

Antragsprüfung läuft

Description:

English
We would like to find out how the psychotherapeutic treatment of the outpatient clinic was perceived while the Covid-19 social distancing measures were in place. There was a change from the usual treatment in the outpatient clinic to treatment via telephone or online. Once the measures were lifted, the therapists and patients returned to the clinic and treatment resumed as normal.  We would like to invite patients and therapists to reflect on this time with our questions. The survey aims to assess the patient’s experience at three points in time: in the initial familiar psychotherapeutic environment of the outpatient clinic, in the new therapeutic environment via telephone or online, and once again in the familiar therapy room.The university's helpline will be also be evaluated in an additional survey.
German
Wir möchten herausfinden, wie die psychotherapeutische Behandlung der Ambulanz in der Zeit der Maßnahmen zur Covid-19 wahrgenommen wurde. Es fand ein Wechsel von dem gewohnten Umständen in der psychotherapeutischen Ambulanz zur Behandlung via Telefon oder Online-Therapie statt. Nach den Maßnahmen kehrten die Therapeuten und Patienten wieder in die gewohnte Form zurück. Wir möchten die Patienten und Therapeuten mit unseren Fragen dazu auffordern, sich diese Zeit noch einmal zu erinnern. Die Befragung möchte das Befinden zu drei Zeitpunkten erheben, einmal in der gewohnten Umgebung in der psychotherapeutischen Ambulanz, einmal in der neuen Kommunikation per Telefon oder Online-Therapie und einmal wieder im gewohnten Therapieraum.Zusätzlich wird die Helpline der Universität mit einer zusätzlichen Befragung evaluiert.
\/ideobased treatments in psychodynamic psychotherapy - experiences during the Covid-19 pandemic
\/ideobasierte BehandIungen in der psychodynamischen Psychotherapie. Erfahrungen während der Covid-19 Pandemie
Project status: Running
Faculty: Psychotherapy Science
Project leader: Dr. Alla Kirsha; Univ.-Prof. Dr. Christiane Eichenberg
Project runtime: 09.06.2020 - 30.09.2020
Research Focus:
  • Applied Psychotherapy Science Research
Topic:
  • E-Mental Health
Project leader:

Dr. Alla Kirsha (alla.kirsha@sfu-berlin.de); Univ.-Prof. Dr. Christiane Eichenberg (eichenberg@sfu.ac.at

Project team:

 

Cooperation partners:

Institutsambulanz SFU Berlin, Ausbildungsinstitut SFU Berlin

Project runtime:

09.06.2020 - 30.09.2020

Grants:

keine

Description:

English
Video-based treatments experienced a trend reversal during the corona crisis (Eichenberg, 2020). It can be assumed that the change of setting from traditional psychotherapy to the video-based setting (and back again) has an influence on the therapeutic relationship (edb).
The project "Videobased Treatments in Psychodynamic Psychotherapy" aims to investigate the extent to which the change from traditional treatment to video therapy in the course of the corona situation affects the therapeutic process. Due to the use of modern media in a therapeutic context, the danger of crossing borders is high. Therefore a systematic investigation and reflection of this therapeutic transition is essential (Eichenberg & Küsel, 2017). This study aims to shed light on how therapists and patients experience the change of setting and what influence on the therapeutic relationship is observed. In addition, it will be investigated which factors are associated with the non-use of videobased therapy as a bridging of the temporary risk situation, both for therapists and patients.
Methodology: qualitative interview study with German psychotherapists (TP/PA) and patients.
German
Videobasierte Behandlungen haben in der Corona-Krise eine Trendwende erfahren (Eichenberg, 2020). Dabei ist davon auszugehen, dass der Settingwechsel von der traditionellen Psychotherapie auf das videobasierte Setting (und wieder zurück) Einfluss auf die therapeutische Beziehung hat (edb).
Im Projekt Videobehandlungen in der psychodynamischen Psychotherapie soll untersucht werden, inwiefern sich der Wechsel von der traditionellen Behandlung zur Videotherapie im Zuge der Corona-Situation auf den therapeutischen Prozess auswirkt. Durch den Einsatz moderner Medien im therapeutischen Kontext ist die Gefahr, dass Grenzen überschritten werden hoch. Daher ist eine systematische Untersuchung und Reflexion dieses therapeutischen Übergangs unerlässlich (Eichenberg & Küsel, 2017). Im Rahmen dieser Studie soll beleuchtet werden, wie Therapeuten/ Therapeutinnen und Patienten/ Patientinnen den Settingwechsel erleben und welcher Einfluss auf die therapeutische Beziehung beobachtet wird. Außerdem soll erhoben werden, welche Faktoren mit einer Nichtinanspruchnahme der Videotelefonie als Überbrückung der temporären Risikosituation, sowohl für Therapeuten/ Therapeutinnen, als auch für Patienten/ Patientinnen, in Zusammenhang stehen.
Methodik: qualitative Interviewstudie an deutschen Psychotherapeuten (TP/PA) und Patienten.
Mindset and motivation to use Serious Games in case of existing mental disorders
Einstellungen und Nutzungsbereitschaft zu Serious Games bei psychischen Störungen
Project status: Running
Faculty: Psychotherapy Science
Project leader: Univ.-Prof. Dr. Christiane Eichenberg
Project runtime: 01.01.2015 - 31.12.2021
Research Focus:
  • Applied Psychotherapy Science Research
Topic:
  • E-Mental Health
Project leader:

Univ.-Prof. Dr. Christiane Eichenberg (eichenberg@sfu.ac.at

Project team:

Gloria Grabmayer 

Cooperation partners:

u.a. Dr. N. Green, Freie Universität Berlin

Project runtime:

01.01.2015 - 31.12.2021

Grants:

keine

Description:

English
In the information age, the importance of media applications is increasing steadily. Internet and mobile media are currently in a phase of establishment to support people suffering from mental disorders. Modern media applications like virtual reality and serious games are in an experimentation phase. A first review (Eichenberg & Schott, under review) has shown encouraging results for this new field. Positive therapeutic effects, especially with children suffering from mental disorders (e.g.: anxiety disorders, depression, ADHS, impulse control disorders) could by achieved by applying serious games applications.


Project objectives:
Supply and demand shall be compared in a follow-up study. Meaning: how is the mindset and motivation to use serious games in case of mental disorders on a) patient-side b) therapist-side?
This study’s background is the necessity to gain insights about mindset and motivation to use serious games in general (development of games is only useful, if demanded) on the one hand. On the other hand we need to examine the existing specific parameters standing against the mindset to use serious games. Consequently, patient groups with positive mindset to use serious games can be addressed directly and barriers for patient groups with negative mindsets can be reduced. Situation with therapists is identical. Equivalent studies, e.g.: internet-based interventions have proven to be useful (see: Eichenberg, Wolters & Brähler, 2013).Accordingly, an online-survey with both groups is carried out at SFU Vienna and FU Berlin. The survey explores sociodemographic parameters like: general media use, mindset to use serious games in case of mental disorders, preferred attributes of serious games, application ranges, associated advantages/disadvantages for the therapeutic process. The exploration of mindsets will be conducted firstly in Austria and german-speaking countries and as a next step the exploration and evaluation will be carried out on International level.


Publications
Eichenberg, C., Grabmayer, G., & Green, N. (under review). A survey of therapists’ and patients’ attitudes towards serious games in psychotherapy.Eichen­berg, C., Küsel, C. & Sin­delar, B. (2016). Com­pu­ter­spiele im Kindes- und Jugend­al­ter: Geschlechts­spe­zi­fi­sche Unter­schiede in der Prä­fe­renz von Spiel-Genres, Spiel­an­for­de­run­gen und Spiel­fi­gu­ren und ihre Bedeu­tung für die Kon­zep­tion von Serious Games. merz | medien + erzie­hung, Zeit­schrift für Medi­en­päd­ago­gik, 6, 97–109.
German
Medienanwendungen spielen im heutigen Informationszeitalter auch in der Psychotherapie eine zunehmend größere Rolle. Während sich Internet und mobile Medien in der Versorgung psychischer Störungen bereits in der Etablierungsphase befinden, wird auch mit anderen modernen Medien wie Virtuell-Reality-Anwendungen und ganz aktuell auch mit so genannten Serious Games experimentiert. Ein erstes Review (Eichenberg & Schott, under review) zeigt für dieses neue Praxis- und Forschungsfeld ermutigende Befunde. Es zeigte sich, dass für verschiedene psychische Störungen (z.B. Angststörungen, Depression, ADHS, Impulskontrollstörungen) vor allem bei Kindern und Jugendlichen mit Serious Games gute therapeutische Effekte erreicht werden konnten.

Projektziele:
In einer weiteren Studie soll der Angebots- die Nachfrageseite gegenüber gestellt werden. Das heißt: Wie hoch ist die Nutzungsbereitschaft von Serious Games bei psychischen Störungen unter a) Patienten und b) Therapeuten?
Hintergrund dieser Studie ist die Notwendigkeit, Kenntnisse über die Inanspruchnahmebereitschaft dieser beider Gruppen im Allgemeinen zu erlangen (denn nur bei einer grundsätzlichen Bereitschaft ist die weitere Entwicklung von entsprechenden Spielen sinnvoll), und zum anderen spezifische Parameter herauszuarbeiten, die der Nutzungsbereitschaft evtl. entgegenstehen. So können beispielsweise Patientengruppen mit hoher Inanspruchnahmebreitschaft gezielt angesprochen werden und für solche mit niedriger Bereitschaft Strategien entwickelt werden, Barrieren abzubauen. Gleiches gilt für die Gruppe der Therapeuten. Äquivalente Erhebungen, z.B. zu Internetbasierten Interventionsprogrammen, haben sich so für die Implementierung von E-Mental Health Angeboten schon als sehr nützlich erwiesen (siehe Eichenberg, Wolters & Brähler, 2013).Daher wird aktuell an der SFU Wien gemeinsam mit der Freien Universität in Berlin eine Online-Befragungsstudie an beiden Gruppen durchgeführt. Erhoben werden neben soziodemografischen Parametern u.a. die allgemeine Mediennutzung, Grundeinstellungen zu Serious Games für psychische Störungen, gewünschte Merkmale von Serious Games, Einsatzbereiche sowie assoziierte Vor- und Nachteile für den therapeutischen Prozess. Diese Einstellungen sollen zunächst für Österreich und weitere deutschsprachige Räume, dann aber auch im internationalen Vergleich erhoben und ausgewertet werden.

Publikationen
Eichenberg, C., Grabmayer, G., & Green, N. (under review). A survey of therapists‘ and patients‘ attitudes towards serious games in psychotherapy.Eichen­berg, C., Küsel, C. & Sin­delar, B. (2016). Com­pu­ter­spiele im Kindes- und Jugend­al­ter: Geschlechts­spe­zi­fi­sche Unter­schiede in der Prä­fe­renz von Spiel-Genres, Spiel­an­for­de­run­gen und Spiel­fi­gu­ren und ihre Bedeu­tung für die Kon­zep­tion von Serious Games. merz | medien + erzie­hung, Zeit­schrift für Medi­en­päd­ago­gik, 6, 97–109.
iFEMPOWER: Interactive and mentorship based FEMale emPOWERment in the field of entrepreneurship
Project status: Running
Faculty: Psychotherapy Science
Project leader: Dr.in Erzsébet Fanni Tóth, MA
Project runtime: 01.09.2018 - 30.08.2021
Research Focus:
  • Psychotherapy and Society
Topic:
  • Gender Research
Project leader:

Dr.in Erzsébet Fanni Tóth, MA (erzsebet.toth@sfu.ac.at

Project team:

 

Cooperation partners:

HÉTFA (HU), Andalucía Emprende (ES), Oneco Consulting S.L. (ES); Sociedade Portuguesa de Inovaçao (PT); Bifröst University (IS); Corvinus University of Budapest (HU), Sapientia Hungarian University of Transylvania (RO), Steinbeis GmbH & Co.KG für Technologietransfer (DE), Lean in Femspace (AT), PONT Group (RO), Icelandic Directorate of Labour (IS).

Project runtime:

01.09.2018 - 30.08.2021

Grants:

Erasmus+

Description:

English
iFEMPOWER aims to empower female students to get engaged in entrepreneurship by reinforcing their high-level & transversal skills needed for self-employment. The project addresses the lack of entrepreneurial motivation & attitude among the young&the gender gap in entrepreneurship. There are further challenges faced by female entrepreneurs, i.e. the lack of equal access to capital & to training, access to networks for business purposes, the need of reconciling business & family. The lack of supportive environment&financial background, & the specific social&cultural attitudes towards women entrepreneurs negatively affect the entrepreneurial spirit too. Due to various reasons (lack of cooperation between HEIs&businesses) students often do not receive competitive knowledge valuable at the labour market. Creative&innovative learning environments are also missing.Thus, the objectives are:
  • empowering potential female entrepreneurs among HEI students from any fields to acquire the necessary knowledge & skills (both soft & hard) to launch their successful entreprises,
  • developing innovative tools, educational & training methods for the empowerment of female entrepreneurs in HEIs,
  • promoting entrep. mindset, making entrep. attractive for youth & raising awareness on the importance of improving conditions of female entrep. by building a strong network among HEI & business.
iFEMPOWER gathers important organizations from the knowledge triangle: 4 HEIs, 3 business actors, 1 business support org. & the Coordinator being a private research organization building a bridge between the academy & business sector. The partnership represents a good geographical coverage of countries with different scientific&entrepreneurial background. Activities will be carried out in strong cooperation implemented by online & 7 personal meetings to ensure the quality&relevance of outputs. During its 3 years, iFEMPOWER will realize interlinked activities.
  • First a research will be carried out on female entrepreneurs & females in SMEs throughout Europe through interviews with stakeholders&survey.
  • A curriculum & teaching material of an international module will be developed & tested at HEIs which can be accomplished by students from any fields. It will focus on the development of entrepreneurial skills to address market labour needs & to provide strategies, critical thinking & problem solving skills once students will face challenges as female entrepreneirs.
  • The courses will be backed by a tailor-made mentorship programme: entrepreneurs will be involved in coaching students to get background knowledge on the usual hindrances of being female entrepreneur & their potential solutions.
  • Students with best business idea after each semester will have the opportunity to take part at intensive study programmes where their idea will be further developed to attract investors.
  • Each PP will set up female entrepreneurship support points to provide personal counselling for anyone interested in women entrepreneurship.
  • iFEMPOWER will develop an online toolkit to provide specific suggestions to visitors’ problems. Lastly iFEMPOWER will monitor & assess all activities & prepare a final study, highlighting the transferable practices & formulating policy recommendations.
  • Through multiplier events in PT, ES, DE, RO &HU this will support that outcomes will be channelled into the relevant stakeholders.
 All activities & outputs will be publicly available at www.ifempower.eu & Erasmus+ pages & built in the organization’s general responsibilities thus sustained after the project’s lifetime. Outputs will be able to be introduced by other countries & organizations. These actions will enable that appr. 120 students will get familiarized with female entrepreneurship & get high-level, transversal & case solving skills to launch their own entrepreneurship. HEIs will get into an intensive cooperation with partners from the business sphere helping them to develop an international curriculum & teaching material which includes non-formal education, interactive work, mentorship & brings them closer to answer the needs of labour market. Min. 12 teachers will be trained to teach the iFEMPOWER module by raising their skills too. 40 SMEs & entrepreneurs involved in the mentorship will get in touch with students by establishing long-term cooperation with them. Students will work with mentors & start to build up the necessary network for their businesses. The online toolkit & the support points will address a broaden number of persons by giving counselling.On the long-run iFEMPOWER will contribute to grow the number of female entrepreneurs, esp. supporting women to overcome challenges they face. Findings summarized in policy recommendations channelled to stakeholders (70 from business, 50 from governance) will enable the improvement of business&educational environment for female entrepreneurs & policy changes in HEI, entrepreneurship, business support fields.
„Fit for Life. live. alcohol-free“ litary price. writing as transformation process.
Project status: Running
Faculty: Psychotherapy Science
Project leader: Dr.in Ass.Prof.in Kathrin Mörtl
Project runtime: 01.08.2020 - 01.08.2021
Research Focus:
  • Applied Psychotherapy Science Research
Topic:
  • Disorder-specific Research
Project leader:

Dr.in Ass.Prof.in Kathrin Mörtl (katrin.moertl@sfu.ac.at

Project team:

Mag.a Birgitta Schiller (birgitta.schiller@sfu.ac.at

Cooperation partners:

Verein „Fit for Life –Literaturpreis“ (Hr. Neuhold, Prof. David)

Project runtime:

01.08.2020 - 01.08.2021

Grants:

Anträge in Planung

Description:

English
The FIT FOR LIVE - literature price (www.fitforlife-literatur.at) has been awarded since 2017. The access and effects of literary writing are analyzed using qualitative interviews.

Through the Covid-19 crisis the research project will be prosponed for an indefinite period.
German
Seit 2017 wird jährlich der FIT FOR LIFE - LITERATURPREIS vergeben (www.fitforlife-literatur.at). Anhand von qualitativen Interviews wird der Zugang und die Auswirkungen des literarischen Schreibens analysiert. 

Durch die CoVid-19 Kriste verschiebt sich das Forschungsprojekt von März 2020 auf unbestimmte Zeit.
Study on quality assurance at the psychotherapeutic outpatient clinic of the Sigmund Freud University
Project status: Running
Faculty: Psychotherapy Science
Project leader: MMag. Lisa Winter
Project runtime: 01.03.2020 - 31.03.2021
Research Focus:
  • Clinical Research
  • Applied Psychotherapy Science Research
  • Quality Management
Topic:
  • Research on the Psychotherapeutic Process
Project leader:

MMag. Lisa Winter (lisa.winter@sfu.ac.at

Project team:

Prof. Alfred Uhl (alfred.uhl@sfu.ac.at); Catherine Dapeci (cathi.dapeci@hotmail.com

Cooperation partners:

Psychotherapeutische Ambulanz der Sigmund Freud Privatuniversität

Project runtime:

01.03.2020 - 31.03.2021

Grants:

Keine

Description:

English
At the psychotherapeutic outpatient clinic of the Sigmund Freud Private University there are about 1200 ongoing therapies and 200 student therapists working under supervision. Due to the high demand and the lack of psychotherapeutic care in Vienna, the waiting times can extend for months. So how and why do patients working with aspiring and motivated psychotherapy trainees decide to quit therapy? Collecting the patient’s feedback and perceptions are vital for the provision of constructive feedback for the university and its psychotherapeutic schools. As this evaluation project investigates an outpatient clinic where psychotherapy trainees are working, factors such as experience, age and level of education of the students are not of interest as they are recognised as defining factors of the institution. Rather, the focus is placed on the various impressions of the patients who discontinued their therapy at the outpatient clinic.
Power Structures and Rivalry in Letters - An Analysis of the Correspondences of Depth Psychological Associations in the Context of the Freud-Adler Controversy 1902-1938
Machtstrukturen und Rivalität in Briefen - Eine Analyse der Korrespondenzen tiefenpsychologischer Vereinigungen im Kontext der Freud-Adler-Kontroverse 1902-1938
Project status: Running
Faculty: Psychotherapy Science
Project leader: Mag. Paolo Raile, MSc
Project runtime: 03.11.2019 - 30.06.2021
Research Focus:
  • Fundamental Psychotherapy Science Research
Topic:
  • Historiography
Project leader:

Mag. Paolo Raile, MSc (paolo.raile@sfu.ac.at

Project team:

 

Cooperation partners:

Mag. Paolo Raile, Msc

Project runtime:

03.11.2019 - 30.06.2021

Grants:

Druckkostenzuschuss Buchpublikation

Description:

English
The project is dedicated to the cultural studies of letters within the framework of a micro-historical approach, focusing on letters written between 1900 and 1938 by the intellectuals Sigmund Freud, Alfred Adler and their "followers" in the context of the so-called Freud-Adler Controversy. It poses a central research question about the cultural technique of letter writing and the power structures of the two rival schools of psychotherapy: How do the authors write their letters, or how do they create commonalities with their own followers in their correspondence networks, or how do they distinguish themselves from their rivals? How do the power relationships between Freud and Adler and their followers appear in the letters they send and receive, and do the letters differ in this respect from published works by the authors?
German
Das Projekt widmet sich im Rahmen eines mikrohistorischen Zugangs der kulturwissenschaftlichen Briefforschung, fokussiert hierbei auf Briefe, die zwischen 1900 und 1938 von den Intellektuellen Sigmund Freud, Alfred Adler und deren „Anhängern“ im Kontext der sogenannten Freud-Adler-Kontroverse geschrieben wurden und stellt hierbei eine zentrale Forschungsfrage über die Kulturtechnik des Briefschreibens und die Machtstrukturen der beiden rivalisierenden Psychotherapieschulen: Wie schreiben die Autoren ihre Briefe, bzw. wie erzeugen sie in ihren Korrespondenzwerken Gemeinsamkeiten mit den eigenen Anhängern bzw. Abgrenzung zu den Rivalen, wie stellen sich die Machtverhältnisse von Freud und Adler zu ihren Anhängern in den gesendeten wie empfangenen Briefen dar, und unterscheiden sich die Briefe diesbezüglich von publizierten Werken der Autoren?
Culture- and Socialklingonology
Kultur- und Sozialklingonologie
Project status: Running
Faculty: Psychotherapy Science
Project leader: Mag. Paolo Raile, MSc
Project runtime: 01.01.2020 - 30.09.2020
Research Focus:
  • Cultural and Social Anthropology
Topic:
  • Science Fiction
Project leader:

Mag. Paolo Raile, MSc (paolo.raile@sfu.ac.at

Project team:

 

Cooperation partners:

Mag. Paolo Raile Msc

Project runtime:

01.01.2020 - 30.09.2020

Grants:

Druckkostenzuschuss Buchpublikation

Description:

English
The Klingon culture is a fictitious culture of the Star Trek universe created by Gene Roddenberry. Nevertheless, it has many features of a real culture: its own history, its own biological and geographical characteristics, its own clothing, food, music and art, its own political and social conditions, its own jurisdiction, its own language and even its own cultural psychology. In addition, Klingon culture is the model for countless Trekkies, some of whom assume a Klingon identity, perform Klingon rituals, converse in Klingon, and are "Klingons" even unto death. This project investigates the individual areas of Klingon culture using different methods from cultural and social sciences, always with a focus on ethnology. In the planned publication, these findings will be summarized and condensed.
German
Die klingonische Kultur ist eine fiktive Kultur des Star Trek Universums, die von Gene Roddenberry erschaffen wurde. Dennoch hat sie viele Merkmale einer echten Kultur: eine eigene Geschichte, eigene biologische und geographische Charakteristika, eigene Kleidung, Nahrung, Musik und Kunst, eigene politische und soziale Verhältnisse, eine eigene Rechtsprechung, eine eigene Sprache und sogar eine eigene kulturelle Psychologie. Darüber hinaus ist die klingonische Kultur Vorbild für zahllose Trekkies, die teilweise eine klingonische Identität annehmen, klingonische Rituale durchführen, sich auf Klingonisch unterhalten und sogar bis in den Tod „Klingonen“ sind. Dieses Projekt untersucht die einzelnen Bereiche der klingonischen Kultur und nutzt hierfür unterschiedliche Methoden aus den Kultur- und Sozialwissenschaften, wobei der Fokus stets auf der Ethnologie liegt. In der geplanten Publikation werden diese Erkenntnisse zusammengefasst und verdichtet dargestellt.
Doping in everyday life; Use of medication, food supplements & Co in Austria
Doping im Alltag; Gebrauch von Medikamenten, Nahrungsergänzungsmitteln & Co in Österreich
Project status: Running
Faculty: Psychotherapy Science
Project leader: Mag. Dr. Ute Andorfer; Univ.-Prof. Prim. Dr. Michael Musalek; Dr. Oliver Scheibenbogen
Project runtime: 01.01.2020 - 31.12.2021
Research Focus:
  • Clinical Research
  • Applied Psychotherapy Science Research
Topic:
  • Addiction
Project leader:

Mag. Dr. Ute Andorfer (uteandorfer@me.com); Univ.-Prof. Prim. Dr. Michael Musalek (michael.musalek@api.or.at); Dr. Oliver Scheibenbogen (office@scheibenbogen.at

Project team:

 

Cooperation partners:

--

Project runtime:

01.01.2020 - 31.12.2021

Grants:

--

Description:

English
Objective:
"Addiction to prescription drugs is one of the most difficult forms of addiction to detect, since consumption usually takes place in secret at home and low-dose addiction is also very common. While scientific literature on alcohol or drug addiction is very extensive, there are relatively few research results available on drug addiction" (Mader & Musalek, (2019). In contrast to alcohol addiction, women are twice as often affected by drug addiction as men, and the risk increases with age. In Austria about 340,000 people suffer from alcohol addiction, about 30,000 people are drug addicts and an estimated 150,000 Austrians* are addicted to prescription drugs. However, due to the presumably very high number of unreported cases, the number of drug addicts is much higher; estimates go up to 300,000 people. It is difficult to give an exact figure here, since prescription drug addiction, like no other addictive disease, takes place secretly in secret and those affected remain socially inconspicuous for a very long time. Admissions to hospitals also indicate a frequent prescription drug problem; in Austria there are 30,000 inpatient admissions due to prescription drug incidents, mostly intoxications, and 1600 to 2400 prescription drug-associated deaths per year.By far the largest share of problematically used prescription drugs are benzodiazepines and analgesics. A German study, based on prescription figures, showed that in Germany over 1 million people are dependent on benzodiazepines or on the so-called "Z-drugs" (zolpidem) and 300,000 to 400,000 on other drugs, in this case mainly painkillers (Glaeske and Hoffmann 2014).

Method:
This study wants to close the lack of evidence-based data. The handling of prescription drugs as well as of dietary supplements and performance-enhancing substances will be surveyed and evaluated in a telephone survey of a representative sample of n= 1000). In addition to the prevalence figures to be generated in this way (frequency of use according to target groups), prescription behaviour and knowledge about the effects and side effects of the above-mentioned substance classes will also be queried.Furthermore, expert interviews with key persons in the medical help system will be conducted.

Aim:
The aim is to generate relevant data for target group-specific prevention and individualised treatment.
German
Inhalt des Forschungsprojekts:
„Die Medikamentenabhängigkeit gehört zu den am schwersten erkennbaren Suchtformen, da der Konsum meist zu Hause im Verborgenen stattfindet und auch sehr häufig eine Niedrigdosisabhängigkeit besteht. Während wissenschaftliche Literatur zu Alkohol-, oder Drogenabhängigkeit sehr umfangreich ist, liegen zur Medikamentenabhängigkeit vergleichbar relativ wenige Forschungsergebnisse vor“ (Mader & Musalek, 2019). Im Unterschied zur Alkoholabhängigkeit sind bei der Medikamentenabhängigkeit Frauen doppelt so häufig betroffen wie Männer, die Gefährdung nimmt mit dem Alter zu.In Österreich finden wir ungefähr 340.000 Menschen mit einer Alkoholabhängigkeit, ungefähr 30.000 Menschen sind drogenabhängig und geschätzte 150.000 Österreicher*innen sind arzneimittelabhängig. Aufgrund der vermutlich sehr hohen Dunkelziffer liegt die Zahl der Medikamentenabhängigen aber wesentlich höher, Schätzungen gehen bis zu 300.000 Personen. Eine genaue Angabe ist hier schwer möglich, da die Medikamentenabhängigkeit, wie keine andere Suchterkrankung, heimlich im Verborgenen stattfindet und die Betroffenen sehr lange sozial unauffällig bleiben. Auch Aufnahmen in Krankenhäusern weisen auf ein häufiges Medikamentenproblem hin, im Jahr gibt es in Österreich 30.000 stationäre Aufnahmen wegen Medikamentenzwischenfällen, meist Intoxikationen, sowie 1600 bis 2400 medikamentenassoziierte Todesfälle pro Jahr.Den weitaus größten Anteil von problematisch gebrauchten Medikamenten nehmen Benzodiazepine und Analgetika ein. Eine deutsche Studie, die die Verschreibungszahlen als Grundlage hatte, zeigte, dass in Deutschland über 1 Million Menschen von Benzodiazepinen oder auch von den sogenannten „Z-Drugs“ (Zolpidem) abhängig sind und 300.000 bis 400.000 von anderen Arzneimittel, hier vorrangig von Schmerzmitteln (Glaeske und Hoffmann 2014).

Methode:
Diesen  Mangel an evidenzbasierten Daten versucht diese Studie zu schließen. Dabei soll der Umgang sowohl mit verschreibungspflichtigen Medikamenten als auch jener mit Nahrungsergänzungsmitteln und Substanzen zur Leistungssteigerung in einer telefonischen Befragung an einer repräsentativen Stichprobe von n= 1000) erhoben und evaluiert werden. Neben den so zu generierenden Prävalenzzahlen (Häufigkeit der Einnahme nach Zielgruppen) werden auch Verschreibungsgebarungen, sowie das Wissen über die Wirkungen und Nebenwirkungen oben genannter Substanzklassen abgefragt.Außerdem werden ExpertInneninterviews mit Schlüsselpersonen im medizinischen Hilfesystem durchgeführt.

Ziel der Studie:
Ziel ist die Genese von relevanten Daten für zielgruppenspezifische Prävention und individualisierte Behandlung.
The relationship between mental and personality disorders in a clinical and a non-clinical sample
Project status: Completed
Faculty: Psychotherapy Science
Project leader: Dr. Emil Benedik, clinical psychologist
Project runtime: 21.09.2015 - 31.12.2017
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:

none

Project runtime:

21.09.2015 - 31.12.2017

Grants:

none

Description:

English
Ample empirical evidence supports the comorbidity of mental and personality disorders. Psychological and psychiatric models from various theoretical perspectives and methodological approaches try to explain the relationship between personality and mental disorders. In this research the relationship between mental and personality disorders was evaluated on clinical and normal samples from psychoanalytic and phenomenological aspect with the use of self-assessment questionnaires. The relationship between personality pathology and mental disorders was studied with the Personality Assessment Inventory (PAI; Morey 2003), Inventory of Personality Organization (IPO; Lenzenweger, Clarkin, Kernberg in Foelsch, 2001), Personality Inventory for DSM-5 (PID-5; Derringer, Markon, Watson and Skodol, 2013) and Questionnaire of Personality Disorders (VMO2; Benedik 2004). PAI is a standardised psychological self-assessment questionnaire, designed to obtain information on critical clinical variables that help to diagnose and plan a treatment for people with mental disorders (Morey 2009).  The IPO is a self-report instrument intended to measure a psychoanalytic concept of personality organization. The PID-5 was developed for direct assessment of the proposed personality trait system for DSM-5, alternative version for assessment of personality disorders.VMO2 is a self-assessment questionnaire constructed for assessment of personality disorders, and is based on DSM-IV-TR (APA 2000), Beck's theory of dysfunctional beliefs (Beck et al. 2004), and psychoanalytic theories of personality (Kernberg 1986). Questionnaires were administered to adult psychiatric outpatients with various mental disorders and normals as well. We expect that our results will 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)
Odnos med osebnostjo in duševnimi motnjami pri odraslih psihiatričnih ambulantnih pacientih
Project status: Completed
Faculty: Psychotherapy Science
Project leader: Dr. Emil Benedik
Project runtime: 01.09.2015 - 01.01.2017
Research Focus:
  • Applied Psychotherapy Science Research
Topic:
  • Disorder-specific Research
Project leader:

Dr. Emil Benedik (emil.benedik@gmail.com

Project team:

 

Cooperation partners:

keine

Project runtime:

01.09.2015 - 01.01.2017

Grants:

keine

Description:

English
Validity study of the self–report Questionnaire of Personality Disorders (VMO-2) is based on nonclinical sample of psychotherapy students. In forthcoming year we would like to include the sample of psychology students in validation studies as well.

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 will examine the construct validity of VMO by comparison with the Inventory of Personality Organization (IPO; Lenzenweger, Clarkin, Kernberg and Foelsch, 2001) and the Personality Inventory for DSM-5 (PID-5; Derringer, Markon, Watson and Skodol, 2013). The IPO is a self-report instrument intended to measure a psychoanalytic concept of personality organization. The PID-5 was developed for direct assessment of the proposed personality trait system for DSM-5, alternative version for assessment of personality disorders. Validity study is based on nonclinical sample of psychotherapy students. In forthcoming year we would like to include the sample of psychology students in validation studies as well.
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
Project runtime: 01.09.2015 - 01.01.2017
Research Focus:
  • Applied Psychotherapy Science Research
Topic:
  • Disorder-specific Research
Project leader:

Dr. Emil Benedik (emil.benedik@gmail.com

Project team:

 

Cooperation partners:

keine

Project runtime:

01.09.2015 - 01.01.2017

Grants:

keine

Description:

English
This research will examine the correlation between PDs and symptomatic mental disorders in adult psychiatric outpatients as they are represented in personality self-report inventories.

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 will examine 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) will be used. 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). We expect that our results will confirm the relationship between phenomenological aspect of personality pathology and mental disorders according to psychoanalytic theories.
„Eco Anxiety“ – Fear of climate change. Psychotherapeutic and ethnological approaches
„Eco Anxiety“ – Angst vor dem Klimawandel. Psychotherapiewissenschaftliche und ethnologische Zugänge
Project status: Completed
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
Eco-Anxiety is an upcoming topic in research.
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 individuals towards this topic will be analyzed.
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.
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 - 31.12.2020
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 - 31.12.2020

Grants:

keine

Description:

English
In the years 2011 to 2018 more than 3300 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.
Third-party childcare with toddlers and infants
Fremdbetreuung von Kleinst- und Kleinkindern
Project status: Completed
Faculty: Psychotherapy Science
Project leader: Univ.-Prof. Dr. Jutta Fiegl; Univ.-Prof. Dr. Brigitte Sindelar
Project runtime: 01.09.2007 - 01.02.2008
Research Focus:
  • Children and Adolescent Psychotherapy and Development
Topic:
  • Development Research and Society
Project leader:

Univ.-Prof. Dr. Jutta Fiegl (jutta.fiegl@sfu.ac.at); Univ.-Prof. Dr. Brigitte Sindelar (brigitte.sindelar@sfu.ac.at

Project team:

SFU Students 

Cooperation partners:

Fisher Price

Project runtime:

01.09.2007 - 01.02.2008

Grants:

keine angegeben

Description:

English
Based on over 600 questionnaires, filled out by parents of toddlers, it was determined which desires and expectations parents have regarding day care for their infants, and according to which criteria they decide. These data has been compared with developmental parameters.

Publications
Sindelar, B., & Fiegl, J. (2008). Fremdbetreuung von Kleinst- und Kleinkindern: Wünsche und Erwartungen der Eltern. Zeitschrift für Pädiatrie und Pädologie 3, S. 11-14.
German
Anhand von über 600 Fragebogen, die von Eltern von Kleinstkindern ausgefüllt wurden, wurde erhoben, welche Wünsche und Erwartungen Eltern an die Fremdbetreuung ihrer Kleinstkinder haben, nach welche Kriterien sie dabei entscheiden, und diese Daten mit entwicklungspsychologischen Parametern verglichen.

Publikation
Sindelar, B., & Fiegl, J. (2008). Fremdbetreuung von Kleinst- und Kleinkindern: Wünsche und Erwartungen der Eltern. Zeitschrift für Pädiatrie und Pädologie 3, S. 11-14.
The threatening patient
Bedrohung Patient
Project status: Completed
Faculty: Psychotherapy Science
Project leader: Univ.-Prof. Dr. Brigitte Sindelar
Project runtime: 01.01.2015 - 31.12.2019
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 - 31.12.2019

Grants:

keine

Description:

English
Empirical study on aggressive patient behaviour in psychotherapeutic settings.
German
Empirische Untersuchung zu aggressivem Patientenverhalten im psychotherapeutischen Einzelsetting.
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).
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%)

References
Berne, E. (1961). Transactional analysis in psychotherapy: A systematic individual and Social Psychiatry. New York: Grove Press.
Berne, E. (1972). What do you say after you say hello? The psychology of human destiny. Corgi Books.
Drye, R. (2006). The no-suicide decision: Then and now. The Script, 36(6), 3.
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.
Milivojević Z., (2011) TA School: Treating Psychotic Disorders Seminar literature and materials.
Stuthridge, J. (2006). Inside out: A transactional analysis model of trauma. Transactional Analysis Journal, 36, 270–283. DOI:10.1177/036215370603600403
Steiner, C. (1974). Scripts people live: Transactional analysis of life scripts. New York: Grove Press.
Ljubljana, 2.1.2019
Mirjana Franković
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: Completed
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.