Britta Seiffer

Britta Seiffer
University of Tuebingen | EKU Tübingen · Center for Educational Science and Psychology

Master of Science

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September 2019 - present
University of Tuebingen
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Publications (13)
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Background: COVID-19-related confinements pose a threat to mental health. We investigated prevalence rates of symptoms of depression, generalized anxiety and insomnia in German adults. Furthermore, we explored associations of exercise behavior with disorder-specific symptoms and assessed whether specific affect regulation skills enhance the effect...
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Background Mental disorders are prevalent and cause considerable burden of disease. Exercise has been shown to be efficacious to treat major depressive disorders, insomnia, panic disorder with and without agoraphobia and post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Methods This pragmatic, two arm, multi-site randomised controlled trial will evaluate the...
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Background The Covid-19 pandemic is affecting the entire world population. During the first spread, most governments have implemented quarantine and strict social distancing procedures. Similar measures during recent pandemics resulted in an increase in post-traumatic stress, anxiety and depression symptoms. The development of novel interventions t...
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Background: Exercise efficaciously reduces disorder-specific symptoms of psychiatric disorders. The current study aimed to examine the efficacy of a group exercise intervention on global symptom severity and disorder-specific symptoms among a mixed outpatient sample. Methods: Groups of inactive outpatients, waiting for psychotherapy, with depres...
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Background This systematic review and meta-analysis assesses the efficacy of regular, moderate to vigorous physical activity (MVPA) for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in children and adolescents in randomized controlled trials (RCTs). Methods RCTs including children and adolescents with clinically diagnosed ADHD, implementing regu...
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The Covid-19 pandemic is affecting the entire world population. During the first spread, most governments have implemented quarantine and strict social distancing procedures. Similar measures during recent pandemics resulted in an increase in post-traumatic stress, anxiety and depression symptoms. The development of novel interventions to mitigate...
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Introduction: Social distancing and quarantine measures applied during the COVID-19 pandemic might result in mental health problems. In this cross-sectional study we examined if perceived social support, exercise in minutes per week and change in exercise are protective factors regarding symptoms of depression, anxiety, and sleeping disorders. Meth...
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Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a frequent disorder in childhood and adolescence; however, approximately 50% of patients receive treatment that does not conform to the guidelines. For these untreated patients physical exercise, which is only mentioned in passing in the current guidelines, could be an alternative treatment option....
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Aufgrund der Gewalttaten des „Islamischen Staats“ (IS) und der Fluchtbewegungen (Binnenflüchtlinge und Geflüchtete aus Syrien) stiegen im Irak die Prävalenzen für psychische Störungen, insbesondere affektive Störungen und Traumafolgestörungen, deutlich an. Allein in der Region Dohuk leben noch über 300.000 Binnenflüchtlinge in Lagern. Aufgrund besc...

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Physical activity has positive effects on mental health. Several studies report positive effects of a single bout of exercise positive affect and rumination. In addition, first results show positive effects of regular exercise on the subjective and objective stress experience. Cross-sectional and cohort studies report preventive effects of exercise on mental illness. However, up to date there are only few experimental studies that assess the long term preventive effects of exercise. This might be especially beneficial to college students, who are highly exposed to stress and have a higher prevalence of mental the general population. Physical activity levels, however, decline in the transition from adolescence to adulthood. Therefore, we designed a randomized controlled trial to investigate the effects of two different types of exercise (endurance sports, ball sports) in comparison to a passive control group for college students. The change in physical fitness, psychopathological symptoms, subjective and objective stress experience will be assessed pre- and post-intervention as well as at follow-up. In addition, we will assess acute effects on mood and rumination after the exercise sessions. The intervention groups will receive six weeks of supervised exercise sessions (2x/week). In addition, they will receive (online) counseling that promotes the consistent continuation of the physical activity.
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Since the outbreak of the corona virus (SARS-CoV-2) in December 2019, protective measures have been established worldwide to contain COVID-19. A current review reports negative consequences on various psychosocial parameters caused by quarantine, such as emotional imbalance, flattened mood, depressive symptoms, sleep disorders, or posttraumatic stress symptoms. Initial studies show that measures to contain the Covid-19 pandemic (travel restrictions, contact reduction through "social distancing", quarantine, lockdown) are also associated with strong negative psychological effects such as increased anxiety symptoms , depressive symptoms, stress and moderate to severe psychological strain. Numerous studies show preventive effects of exercise and social support social support on the symptoms of mental illness associated with said measures. In order to be able to use the preventive effect of exercise in emergencies such as the Covid-19 pandemic, the preventive effect of exercise on psychological variables during the pandemic needs to be investigated. We address this gap by conducting a longitudinal questionnaire-based survey, that assesses the preventive effects of regular exercise before social distancing as well as the effects of the change in exercise activity during the protective measures on affect and psychopathological symptoms at three time points: during ongoing full protective measures, after loosening of the regulations and after return to the initial state. Goal is using the obtained findings to develop online courses implementing preventive measures.
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Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a common disorder in children and adolescents. Current treatment guidelines recommend pharmacotherapy and psychosocial interventions. However, only a small proportion of patients receive guideline conforming treatment. In addition, currently there is no conclusive evidence for the efficacy of psychosocial interventions and efficacy and tolerability of pharmacotherapy seems to decrease with age. Regular, moderate to vigorous physical activity (MVPA) could be an alternative treatment, since evidence suggests positive effects on the proposed key mechanisms of ADHD core symptoms. In addition, MVPA is easily accessible, has very few side effects and can be integrated in the everyday lives of the patients. Therefore, our first goal is to assess the efficacy of MVPA as standalone or add-on treatment on ADHD core symptoms in children and adolescents. In a second step, we are developing a multicentric, randomized controlled trial. This trial will implement cognitively engaging MVPA to improve efficacy by targeting proposed ADHD symptom dynamics and will focus specifically on adolescents. MVPA as sustainable treatment is particularly relevant for this age group, since percentage of patients receiving guideline-conforming treatment declines with age. Adolescents are often “left alone” in the transition to adulthood. They are therefore in need of an easily accessible treatment option.