Frank Neuner

Summary

Affiliation: University of Konstanz
Country: Germany

Publications

  1. pmc Narrative Exposure Therapy as a treatment for child war survivors with posttraumatic stress disorder: two case reports and a pilot study in an African refugee settlement
    Lamaro P Onyut
    vivo Uganda, Mbarara, Uganda
    BMC Psychiatry 5:7. 2005
  2. doi request reprint Treatment of posttraumatic stress disorder by trained lay counselors in an African refugee settlement: a randomized controlled trial
    Frank Neuner
    Department of Clinical Psychology, University of Konstanz, Konstanz, Germany
    J Consult Clin Psychol 76:686-94. 2008
  3. ncbi request reprint 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
  4. pmc The mental health disaster in conflict settings: can scientific research help?
    Frank Neuner
    Dept Psychology, University of Konstanz, Germany
    BMC Public Health 7:275. 2007
  5. ncbi request reprint 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
  6. 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
  7. ncbi request reprint A comparison of narrative exposure therapy, supportive counseling, and psychoeducation for treating posttraumatic stress disorder in an african refugee settlement
    Frank Neuner
    Department of Clinical Psychology, University of Konstanz, Konstanz, Germany
    J Consult Clin Psychol 72:579-87. 2004
  8. doi request reprint Use of khat and posttraumatic stress disorder as risk factors for psychotic symptoms: a study of Somali combatants
    Michael Odenwald
    University of Konstanz, Konstanz, Germany
    Soc Sci Med 69:1040-8. 2009
  9. doi request reprint 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
  10. doi request reprint Narrative exposure therapy for 7- to 16-year-olds: a randomized controlled trial with traumatized refugee children
    Martina Ruf
    University of Konstanz and Vivo, Konstanz, Germany
    J Trauma Stress 23:437-45. 2010

Detail Information

Publications43

  1. pmc Narrative Exposure Therapy as a treatment for child war survivors with posttraumatic stress disorder: two case reports and a pilot study in an African refugee settlement
    Lamaro P Onyut
    vivo Uganda, Mbarara, Uganda
    BMC Psychiatry 5:7. 2005
    ..We created and evaluated the efficacy of KIDNET, a child-friendly version of Narrative Exposure Therapy (NET), as a short-term treatment for children...
  2. doi request reprint Treatment of posttraumatic stress disorder by trained lay counselors in an African refugee settlement: a randomized controlled trial
    Frank Neuner
    Department of Clinical Psychology, University of Konstanz, Konstanz, Germany
    J Consult Clin Psychol 76:686-94. 2008
    ..Short-term psychotherapy carried out by lay counselors with limited training can be effective to treat war-related PTSD in a refugee settlement...
  3. ncbi request reprint 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...
  4. pmc The mental health disaster in conflict settings: can scientific research help?
    Frank Neuner
    Dept Psychology, University of Konstanz, Germany
    BMC Public Health 7:275. 2007
  5. ncbi request reprint 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...
  6. 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...
  7. ncbi request reprint A comparison of narrative exposure therapy, supportive counseling, and psychoeducation for treating posttraumatic stress disorder in an african refugee settlement
    Frank Neuner
    Department of Clinical Psychology, University of Konstanz, Konstanz, Germany
    J Consult Clin Psychol 72:579-87. 2004
    ..These results indicate that NET is a promising approach for the treatment of PTSD for refugees living in unsafe conditions...
  8. doi request reprint Use of khat and posttraumatic stress disorder as risk factors for psychotic symptoms: a study of Somali combatants
    Michael Odenwald
    University of Konstanz, Konstanz, Germany
    Soc Sci Med 69:1040-8. 2009
    ..However, the proposed causal chain needs to be confirmed in longitudinal studies. Demobilization and reintegration programs in Somalia need to be prepared to deal with complex psychological problems...
  9. doi request reprint 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...
  10. doi request reprint Narrative exposure therapy for 7- to 16-year-olds: a randomized controlled trial with traumatized refugee children
    Martina Ruf
    University of Konstanz and Vivo, Konstanz, Germany
    J Trauma Stress 23:437-45. 2010
    ..However, it also shows that it is possible to effectively treat chronic PTSD and restore functioning in traumatized refugee children in only 8 treatment sessions...
  11. doi request reprint 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...
  12. doi request reprint 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...
  13. 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...
  14. doi request reprint 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...
  15. ncbi request reprint 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...
  16. pmc Mental health of refugees following state-sponsored repatriation from Germany
    Ulrike von Lersner
    Psychotrauma Research and Outpatient Clinic for Refugees, University of Konstanz, Germany
    BMC Psychiatry 8:88. 2008
    ..The present pilot study investigated refugees who returned to their country of origin after having lived in exile in Germany for some 13 years...
  17. doi request reprint 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...
  18. doi request reprint 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...
  19. 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...
  20. doi request reprint 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...
  21. doi request reprint 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...
  22. 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...
  23. 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...
  24. ncbi request reprint Prolonged grief disorder and depression in widows due to the Rwandan genocide
    Susanne Schaal
    Department of Clinical Psychology, University of Konstanz, Germany
    Omega (Westport) 59:203-19. 2009
    ..The two syndromes were strongly associated. No discriminant validity was found between the two constructs suggesting that PGD may rather be an appearance of depression than a separate nosological entity...
  25. doi request reprint 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...
  26. doi request reprint 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...
  27. doi request reprint 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...
  28. 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...
  29. 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...
  30. ncbi request reprint 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...
  31. doi request reprint 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...
  32. 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...
  33. pmc Lack of cortisol response in patients with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) undergoing a diagnostic interview
    Iris Tatjana Kolassa
    Clinical and Neuropsychology, University of Konstanz, Universitatsstr, 10, 78457 Konstanz, Germany
    BMC Psychiatry 7:54. 2007
    ..This study investigated the cortisol response in traumatized refugees with PTSD during a detailed and standardized interview about their personal war and torture experiences...
  34. doi request reprint 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. ..
  35. doi request reprint 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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  36. 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...
  37. 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...
  38. ncbi request reprint 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
    ..s results are highly relevant to inform the field of mental health service provision in war-affected countries.Please see related article http://www.biomedcentral.com/1741-7015/12/56. ..
  39. 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...
  40. 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
    ....
  41. ncbi request reprint Decoupling neural networks from reality: dissociative experiences in torture victims are reflected in abnormal brain waves in left frontal cortex
    William J Ray
    University of Konstanz and Center for Psychiatry, Reichenau, Germany
    Psychol Sci 17:825-9. 2006
    ..This interpretation is consistent with the fact that disturbed access to structured verbal memory concerning traumatic events is a core feature of the dissociative experience...
  42. pmc The consumption of khat and other drugs in Somali combatants: a cross-sectional study
    Michael Odenwald
    PLoS Med 4:e341. 2007
    ....
  43. pmc Traumatic events and symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder amongst Sudanese nationals, refugees and Ugandans in the West Nile
    Unni Krishnan Karunakara
    Medecins Sans Frontieres, PO Box 10014, 1001 EA Amsterdam, The Netherlands uk at jhu edu
    Afr Health Sci 4:83-93. 2004
    ..To compare the incidence of traumatic events and its association with symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder in three population groups in northern Uganda and southern Sudan...