Frank Neuner

Summary

Affiliation: University of Bielefeld
Country: Germany

Publications

  1. pmc Relations among appetitive aggression, post-traumatic stress and motives for demobilization: a study in former Colombian combatants
    Roland Weierstall
    Clinical Psychology and Neuropsychology, University of Konstanz, Konstanz, Germany
    Confl Health 7:9. 2013
  2. ncbi Haunted by ghosts: prevalence, predictors and outcomes of spirit possession experiences among former child soldiers and war-affected civilians in Northern Uganda
    Frank Neuner
    Bielefeld University, Department of Psychology, Postbox 100131, 33501 Bielefeld, Germany
    Soc Sci Med 75:548-54. 2012
  3. pmc Trauma, poverty and mental health among Somali and Rwandese refugees living in an African refugee settlement - an epidemiological study
    Lamaro P Onyut
    Mbarara University of Science and Technology, Uganda
    Confl Health 3:6. 2009
  4. ncbi Can asylum-seekers with posttraumatic stress disorder be successfully treated? A randomized controlled pilot study
    Frank Neuner
    Department of Psychology, Bielefeld University, Germany
    Cogn Behav Ther 39:81-91. 2010
  5. doi Early processing of threat cues in posttraumatic stress disorder-evidence for a cortical vigilance-avoidance reaction
    Hannah Adenauer
    Department of Psychology, University of Konstanz, Konstanz, Germany
    Biol Psychiatry 68:451-8. 2010
  6. pmc Treating children traumatized by war and Tsunami: a comparison between exposure therapy and meditation-relaxation in North-East Sri Lanka
    Claudia Catani
    Department of Psychology, University of Bielefeld, 33501 Bielefeld, Germany
    BMC Psychiatry 9:22. 2009
  7. doi Tsunami, war, and cumulative risk in the lives of Sri Lankan schoolchildren
    Claudia Catani
    Department of Psychology, Clinical Psychology, and Psychotherapy, Bielefeld University, Post Box 100131, 33501 Bielefeld, Germany
    Child Dev 81:1176-91. 2010
  8. doi Pattern of cortical activation during processing of aversive stimuli in traumatized survivors of war and torture
    Claudia Catani
    Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy Unit, Department of Psychology, University of Bielefeld, 33501 Bielefeld, Germany
    Eur Arch Psychiatry Clin Neurosci 259:340-51. 2009
  9. pmc Family violence, war, and natural disasters: a study of the effect of extreme stress on children's mental health in Sri Lanka
    Claudia Catani
    Department of Psychology, University of Konstanz and Center for Psychiatry Reichenau, D 78457 Konstanz, Germany
    BMC Psychiatry 8:33. 2008
  10. doi Is freezing an adaptive reaction to threat? Evidence from heart rate reactivity to emotional pictures in victims of war and torture
    Hannah Adenauer
    Department of Psychology, University of Konstanz, Konstanz, Germany
    Psychophysiology 47:315-22. 2010

Detail Information

Publications35

  1. pmc Relations among appetitive aggression, post-traumatic stress and motives for demobilization: a study in former Colombian combatants
    Roland Weierstall
    Clinical Psychology and Neuropsychology, University of Konstanz, Konstanz, Germany
    Confl Health 7:9. 2013
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  2. ncbi Haunted by ghosts: prevalence, predictors and outcomes of spirit possession experiences among former child soldiers and war-affected civilians in Northern Uganda
    Frank Neuner
    Bielefeld University, Department of Psychology, Postbox 100131, 33501 Bielefeld, Germany
    Soc Sci Med 75:548-54. 2012
    ..In addition, we provide evidence for the incremental validity of spirit possession as a trauma-related psychological disorder in this context...
  3. pmc Trauma, poverty and mental health among Somali and Rwandese refugees living in an African refugee settlement - an epidemiological study
    Lamaro P Onyut
    Mbarara University of Science and Technology, Uganda
    Confl Health 3:6. 2009
    ..A mental health outreach program was initiated based on this study...
  4. ncbi Can asylum-seekers with posttraumatic stress disorder be successfully treated? A randomized controlled pilot study
    Frank Neuner
    Department of Psychology, Bielefeld University, Germany
    Cogn Behav Ther 39:81-91. 2010
    ..Although treatment gains were moderate, these results indicate that NET is a promising approach for the treatment of PTSD in asylum-seekers living in unstable conditions...
  5. doi Early processing of threat cues in posttraumatic stress disorder-evidence for a cortical vigilance-avoidance reaction
    Hannah Adenauer
    Department of Psychology, University of Konstanz, Konstanz, Germany
    Biol Psychiatry 68:451-8. 2010
    ..The present study investigated the influence of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) on early visual processing of affective stimuli in survivors of war and torture...
  6. pmc Treating children traumatized by war and Tsunami: a comparison between exposure therapy and meditation-relaxation in North-East Sri Lanka
    Claudia Catani
    Department of Psychology, University of Bielefeld, 33501 Bielefeld, Germany
    BMC Psychiatry 9:22. 2009
    ..In the acute aftermath of the Tsunami we tested the efficacy of two pragmatic short-term interventions when applied by trained local counselors...
  7. doi Tsunami, war, and cumulative risk in the lives of Sri Lankan schoolchildren
    Claudia Catani
    Department of Psychology, Clinical Psychology, and Psychotherapy, Bielefeld University, Post Box 100131, 33501 Bielefeld, Germany
    Child Dev 81:1176-91. 2010
    ..Findings of regression analyses indicated that all 3 event types--tsunami and disaster, war, and family violence--significantly contributed to poorer child adaptation...
  8. doi Pattern of cortical activation during processing of aversive stimuli in traumatized survivors of war and torture
    Claudia Catani
    Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy Unit, Department of Psychology, University of Bielefeld, 33501 Bielefeld, Germany
    Eur Arch Psychiatry Clin Neurosci 259:340-51. 2009
    ..Whereas, a decreased visual processing of aversive stimuli seems to be associated with trauma exposure in general, the superior parietal activity might represent a specific process linked to the diagnosis of PTSD...
  9. pmc Family violence, war, and natural disasters: a study of the effect of extreme stress on children's mental health in Sri Lanka
    Claudia Catani
    Department of Psychology, University of Konstanz and Center for Psychiatry Reichenau, D 78457 Konstanz, Germany
    BMC Psychiatry 8:33. 2008
    ..In addition, the study looked at whether higher levels of war violence would be related to higher levels of violence within the family and whether this would result in higher rates of psychological problems in the affected children...
  10. doi Is freezing an adaptive reaction to threat? Evidence from heart rate reactivity to emotional pictures in victims of war and torture
    Hannah Adenauer
    Department of Psychology, University of Konstanz, Konstanz, Germany
    Psychophysiology 47:315-22. 2010
    ..The present findings argue for a faster flight/fight response to threatening cues in PTSD. In contrast, trauma-exposed controls seem to exhibit a state of permanent alertness toward a wide range of stimuli...
  11. doi Beyond individual war trauma: domestic violence against children in Afghanistan and Sri Lanka
    Claudia Catani
    Department of Psychology, University of Konstanz and Vivo, Konstanz, Germany
    J Marital Fam Ther 34:165-76. 2008
    ..In particular, programs should take issues such as poverty, child labor, and parental alcohol use into account in assessing and treating children in the aftermath of mass trauma...
  12. pmc Psychological trauma and evidence for enhanced vulnerability for posttraumatic stress disorder through previous trauma among West Nile refugees
    Frank Neuner
    Department of Psychology, University of Konstanz and Center for Psychiatry Reichenau, D 78457 Konstanz, Germany
    BMC Psychiatry 4:34. 2004
    ..High exposure to traumatic experiences has been particularly prominent in the Ugandan and Sudanese of the West Nile Region, representing an indication of the psychological strain posed by years of armed conflict...
  13. pmc Narrative exposure therapy for PTSD increases top-down processing of aversive stimuli--evidence from a randomized controlled treatment trial
    Hannah Adenauer
    Department of Psychology, University of Konstanz, Konstanz, 78457, Germany
    BMC Neurosci 12:127. 2011
    ..This is the first randomized controlled treatment trial that examines whether narrative exposure therapy (NET) causes changes in affective stimulus processing in patients with chronic PTSD...
  14. ncbi Validation of a mental health assessment in an African conflict population
    Verena Ertl
    Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy, Department of Psychology, Bielefeld University, 33501 Bielefeld, Germany
    Psychol Assess 22:318-24. 2010
    ..Results show that mental health assessments in African languages can produce reliable and valid data but that caution is warranted in the unevaluated transfer of cutoff scores and scoring algorithms...
  15. doi Narrative exposure therapy versus interpersonal psychotherapy. A pilot randomized controlled trial with Rwandan genocide orphans
    Susanne Schaal
    Department of Psychology, University of Konstanz, Konstanz, Germany
    Psychother Psychosom 78:298-306. 2009
    ..The aim of the present study was to evaluate the efficacy of treatment modules for trauma spectrum disorders in a sample of Rwandan genocide orphans...
  16. doi Community-implemented trauma therapy for former child soldiers in Northern Uganda: a randomized controlled trial
    Verena Ertl
    Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy, Department of Psychology, Bielefeld University, PO Box 100131, 33501 Bielefeld, Germany
    JAMA 306:503-12. 2011
    ..Despite high rates of impairment, there have been no randomized controlled trials examining the feasibility and efficacy of mental health interventions for former child soldiers...
  17. pmc Altered oscillatory brain dynamics after repeated traumatic stress
    Iris Tatjana Kolassa
    Department of Psychology, Clinical and Neuropsychology, University of Konstanz, 78457 Konstanz, Germany
    BMC Psychiatry 7:56. 2007
    ..Abnormal slow waves produced within circumscribed brain regions during a resting state have been associated with lesioned neural circuitry in neurological disorders and more recently also in mental illness...
  18. ncbi Associations between prolonged grief disorder, depression, posttraumatic stress disorder, and anxiety in Rwandan genocide survivors
    Susanne Schaal
    Department of Psychology, University of Konstanz, Konstanz, Germany
    Death Stud 36:97-117. 2012
    ..However, the symptom cluster of separation distress presents a grief-specific dimension that may surface unrelated to depressive symptoms...
  19. doi Trauma-related impairment in children--a survey in Sri Lankan provinces affected by armed conflict
    Thomas Elbert
    University of Konstanz, Department of Psychology, Feuersteinstr 55, Haus 22, D 78479 Reichenau Lindenbühl, Germany
    Child Abuse Negl 33:238-46. 2009
    ..The present study examined traumatic experiences, PTSD, and co-morbid symptoms in relation to neuropsychological and school performance in school children affected by two decades of civil war and unrest...
  20. pmc Emotional but not physical maltreatment is independently related to psychopathology in subjects with various degrees of social anxiety: a web-based internet survey
    Benjamin Iffland
    Department of Psychology, Bielefeld University, Postbox 100131, 33501 Bielefeld, Germany
    BMC Psychiatry 12:49. 2012
    ..We examined the association between emotional maltreatment, including parental emotional maltreatment as well as emotional peer victimization, and social anxiety symptoms in subjects with various degrees of social anxiety...
  21. ncbi Narrative exposure therapy for political imprisonment-related chronic posttraumatic stress disorder and depression
    Dana Bichescu
    Department of Psychology, University of Konstanz, Fach D 25, 78457 Konstanz, Germany
    Behav Res Ther 45:2212-20. 2007
    ..These results indicate that NET may lead to the alleviation of post-traumatic and depression symptoms even when the conditions persist for excessive time periods...
  22. ncbi Narrative exposure therapy for the treatment of traumatized children and adolescents (KidNET): from neurocognitive theory to field intervention
    Frank Neuner
    Department of Psychology, University of Konstanz, Box D25, D 78457 Konstanz, Germany
    Child Adolesc Psychiatr Clin N Am 17:641-64, x. 2008
    ..Early treatment trials, including randomized controlled studies, show promising results for the treatment of children and adolescents who have PTSD living in war-affected countries and refugee communities...
  23. doi Prevalence and predictors of partner violence against women in the aftermath of war: a survey among couples in northern Uganda
    Regina Saile
    Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy, Department of Psychology, Bielefeld University, Germany
    Soc Sci Med 86:17-25. 2013
    ..In addition, different patterns of partner violence should be taken into account...
  24. pmc Negative and positive childhood experiences across developmental periods in psychiatric patients with different diagnoses - an explorative study
    Evangelia Saleptsi
    Department of Psychology, University of Konstanz, Fach D 25, 78457 Konstanz, Germany
    BMC Psychiatry 4:40. 2004
    ..The present survey explores the relationship between psychiatric diagnoses and positive and negative life events during childhood and adulthood in psychiatric samples...
  25. ncbi Post-tsunami stress: a study of posttraumatic stress disorder in children living in three severely affected regions in Sri Lanka
    Frank Neuner
    Department of Psychology, University of Konstanz, Box D25, 78457 Konstanz, Germany
    J Trauma Stress 19:339-47. 2006
    ..The results confirm the relevance of the individual history of traumatic events for the genesis of PTSD and indicate a high need of mental health assistance among the tsunami-affected children in Sri Lanka...
  26. ncbi The challenge of living on: psychopathology and its mediating influence on the readjustment of former child soldiers
    Verena Ertl
    Department of Psychology, Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy, Bielefeld University, Bielefeld, Germany Vivo International, Konstanz, Germany
    PLoS ONE 9:e102786. 2014
    ..Results show that child soldiering and its psychological sequelae affect a substantial proportion of children and youths. After release or flight, their readjustment depends at least partly on their level of mental traumatization. ..
  27. pmc Khat use as risk factor for psychotic disorders: a cross-sectional and case-control study in Somalia
    Michael Odenwald
    Department of Psychology, University of Konstanz, Fach D25, D 78476 Konstanz, Germany
    BMC Med 3:5. 2005
    ..We aimed to explore the prevalence of psychotic disorders among the general population and the association between khat use and psychotic symptoms...
  28. doi War trauma, child labor, and family violence: life adversities and PTSD in a sample of school children in Kabul
    Claudia Catani
    Department of Psychology, University of Bielefeld, Bielefeld, Germany and Vivo Foundation, Ancona, Italy
    J Trauma Stress 22:163-71. 2009
    ..The results suggest that the interplay of multilevel stressors in Afghan children contributes to a higher vulnerability for the development of PTSD...
  29. doi The hidden effects of child maltreatment in a war region: correlates of psychopathology in two generations living in Northern Uganda
    David Kani Olema
    Department of Psychology, Mbarara University of Science and Technology, Mbarara, Uganda vivo international e V, Konstanz, Germany
    J Trauma Stress 27:35-41. 2014
    ..253, p = .002). We conclude that, even in the context of severe war, the impact of child maltreatment on psychological disorders surpasses the damage of war trauma. ..
  30. ncbi Does war contribute to family violence against children? Findings from a two-generational multi-informant study in Northern Uganda
    Regina Saile
    Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy, Department of Psychology, Bielefeld University, Germany Vivo Victim s Voice International, Allensbach, Germany
    Child Abuse Negl 38:135-46. 2014
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  31. pmc Posttraumatic Stress Disorder in patients with traumatic brain injury
    Judith Glaesser
    Department of Psychology, University of Konstanz, 78457 Konstanz, Germany
    BMC Psychiatry 4:5. 2004
    ..Pathological memory formation during an alarm response may set the precondition for PTSD to occur. If true, a lack of memory formation by extended unconsciousness in the course of the traumatic experience should preclude PTSD...
  32. pmc Imaging cortical activity following affective stimulation with a high temporal and spatial resolution
    Julian Keil
    Department of Psychology, University of Konstanz and Center for Psychiatry Reichenau, Konstanz, Germany
    BMC Neurosci 10:83. 2009
    ..A combination of a complex demodulation procedure with a minimum norm estimation was applied to assess the temporal variation of the topography of cortical activity...
  33. ncbi The contribution of emotional maltreatment to alcohol dependence in a treatment-seeking sample
    Nadine Potthast
    Department of Psychology, Bielefeld University, Bielefeld, Germany Christoph Dornier Stiftung, Bielefeld, Germany Electronic address
    Addict Behav 39:949-58. 2014
    ..Thereby, the study underscores the need for considering child maltreatment experiences in the prevention and treatment of AD. ..
  34. pmc Are school-based mental health interventions for war-affected children effective and harmless?
    Verena Ertl
    Department of Psychology, Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy, Bielefeld University, Post Box 100131, 33501 Bielefeld, Germany
    BMC Med 12:84. 2014
    ..Since universal school-based programs similar to the one evaluated here are widely implemented, Tol et al.'s results are highly relevant to inform the field of mental health service provision in war-affected countries...
  35. pmc Frequency of child maltreatment in a representative sample of the German population
    Benjamin Iffland
    Department of Psychology, Bielefeld University, Postbox 100131, 33501 Bielefeld, Germany
    BMC Public Health 13:980. 2013
    ..In addition, previous studies applied scales that had not been validated against external criteria...