Christina Hunger

Christina Hunger
Universität Witten/Herdecke · Department of Psychology and Psychotherapy

Dr., Dipl.Psych, MSc

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Additional affiliations
September 2007 - September 2010
Universität Heidelberg
Position
  • Depression, psychodynamic conflicts and aspects of functional and dysfunctional spiritual and religious copings – an intercultural study between Chile and Germany aplying the OPD-2
Description
  • depression, diagnostics, religion, spirituality, OPD, intercultural psychology, transcultural psychology, quantitative data, qualitative data
September 2006 - September 2007
Brunel University London
Position
  • Integrating Psychological Systems in Theory and Practice: Interactions between Traditional Chinese Medicine and Psychosomatic Medicine at the Gezeiten Haus Klinik, Bad Godesberg, Germany
Description
  • Psychological and Psychiatric Anthropology, psychosomatic medicine, Tradicional Chinese Medicine
July 2003 - September 2005
Universität Heidelberg
Position
  • Trance: Determinants, Contents and Consequences – An Empirical Study investigating Ritual Body Postures
Description
  • altered states of consciousness, qualitative data
Education
September 2007 - September 2010
Universität Heidelberg
Field of study
  • Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology
September 2006 - September 2007
Brunel University London
Field of study
  • Anthropology
October 2000 - April 2006
Universität Koblenz-Landau
Field of study
  • Psychology

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Publications (76)
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Social anxiety disorders (SAD) are among the most prevalent mental disorders (lifetime prevalence: 7–12%), with high impact on the life of an affected social system and its individual social system members. We developed a manualized disorder-specific integrative systemic and family therapy (ISFT) for SAD, and evaluated its feasibility in a pilot ra...
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We would like to express our concern regarding the recently published study in European Child & Adolescent Psychiatry by Karl Sallin, Kathinka Evers, Håkan Jarbin, Lars Joelsson, and Predrag Petrovic entitled “ Separation and not residency permit restores function in resignation syndrome: a retrospective cohort study ”.
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Die Vereinbarkeit von Wissenschaft und Familie ist für Eltern im Allgemeinen und Frauen im Besonderen eine große Herausforderung. Tagungsteilnahmen sind wichtige Karrierebausteine und eine organisatorische Herausforderung für Eltern. In diesem Positionspapier wird ein Stimmungsbild zu familienfreundlicheren Kongressgestaltung in der Fachgruppe (FG)...
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Systemic therapy considers the complex dynamics of relational factors and resources contributing to psychological symptoms. Negative maintaining factors have been well researched for people suffering from Alcohol-use Disorders (AUD). However, we know little about the complex dynamics of these negative factors and resources. We interviewed fifty-fiv...
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Background: Systemic therapy is a widespread evidence-based psychotherapy approach. Its main goal revolves around the concept of viewing mental symptoms within the context of social systems (e.g., families, couples). Systematic reviews and meta-analyses have confirmed that systemic therapy significantly reduces symptom severity of DSM- or ICD-diagn...
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Zusammenfassung Hintergrund Soziale Angststörungen zählen zu den häufigsten Angststörungen in der Allgemeinbevölkerung. Der Beitrag gibt einen Überblick über verschiedene systemtherapeutische Ansätze zur Behandlung sozialer Ängste und die Evidenz störungsspezifischer Systemischer Therapie bei diagnostizierten sozialen Angststörungen. Material und...
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Background Studies show that 16-77% of psychotherapy patients abandon therapy within the first sessions. The aim of this study is to examine how patient personality variables, specifically the patients’ structural integration and the personality traits dependency and self-criticism, are associated with symptomatic change and therapy dropout. Metho...
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Background: Family constellations as system therapeutic individual interventions in a group setting are frequently part of psychiatric, psychological and psychotherapeutic care. They conduce the spatial enactment of relationship structures, particularly in psychosocial conflicts. So far there have been practically no systematic overviews on the eff...
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There is evidence that systemic therapy is effective, but there is little evidence about meaningful moments in systemic therapy in general, and none at all in systemic therapy for social anxiety disorders. Meaningful moments are one of the relevant research objects in change process research, as they contribute to a better understanding of therapeu...
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Das Buch beschreibt anschaulich, wie Menschen soziale Ängste entwickeln und wie sie sie überwinden können. Es verbindet Wissenschaft und Praxis – die Autoren stützen sich auf langjährige praktische Erfahrung und auf die Ergebnisse eines Forschungsprojekts. Ein „Werkzeugkasten“ systemischen Arbeitens. https://www.carl-auer.de/soziale-angste
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Zusammenfassung. Familienaufstellungen als systemtherapeutische Einzelinterventionen im Gruppensetting sind vielfach Teil der Versorgung in psychiatrischen, psychologischen und psychotherapeutischen Einrichtungen. Sie dienen der räumlichen Inszenierung symptomatischer Beziehungsstrukturen in Familiensystemen entlang dem Anliegen einer oder eines Fa...
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Background: Dementia-caregiving causes severe distress and has a negative impact on caregivers’ health. This study examined the association of family caregivers’ psychosocial burden and quality of life (QOL), using the revised sociocultural model of stress and coping (rSMSC) (Knight & Sayegh, 2010), in an Indonesian sample. Methods: Participants we...
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This randomized controlled trial (RCT) aimed to pilot the newly developed manualized and monitored systemic therapy (ST) for social anxiety disorder (SAD), as compared to manualized and monitored cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). We conducted a prospective multicenter, assessor-blind pilot RCT on 38 outpatients (ICD F40.1; Structured Clinical Int...
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Background Family and systems diagnostics are a fundamental component within society and higher education. Theories and methods which are easy to communicate increasingly are becoming more important. Objective This article presents a rationale for future research and intervention heuristics in the field of family and systems diagnostics based on t...
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Language analyses reveals crucial information about an individual’s current state of mind. Maladaptive psychological functioning appears in cognition, emotional experience and behaviour. In the time of the internet of things, a vast number of text and speech is available; subsequently, the interest in the automated detection of psychological functi...
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Background A desirable effect (spill-over effect) of patient-related psychotherapy refers to the reduction of burden of significant others. Most studies have concentrated on the significant others of patients with schizophrenia, psychosis and dementia, as well as on child and adolescent psychotherapy. Objective This study investigated the effects...
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We examine the sensitivity to change in the Evaluation of Social Systems (EVOS) scale, which assesses relationship quality and collective efficacy. In Study 1 we conducted a waitlist-control, short-term couple therapy RCT study (N = 43 couples) with five systemic therapy sessions treating communication and partnership problems; our intent was to pr...
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Systemic counselling/therapy has been part and parcel of the German health system for many decades. Further training in systemic counseling/therapy is usually postgraduate, e.g. after completion of a university course or vocational training and at least two years' job experience. The practicalities and politics associated with systemic counseling/t...
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There is a need of an economical, reliable, and valid instrument in the German-speaking countries to measure the burden of relatives who care for mentally ill persons. We translated the Burden Assessment Scale (BAS) and conducted a study investigating factor structure, psychometric quality and predictive validity. We used confirmative factor analys...
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How can I tell if it was systemic? An Overview of Systemic Adherence Scales with Reference to Psychotherapeutic Efficacy Studies on Social Anxiety The article discusses adherence to the study manual as an aspect of quality assurance in psychotherapeutic efficacy studies. In this connection, the authors introduce the Systemic Therapy Adherence Scale...
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Hintergrund Systemaufstellungen werden als eine Variante von Skulpturverfahren, einem Konzept der systemischen Therapie und Beratung, verstanden. Da sie aufgrund der Praxis einzelner Personen in der Kritik stehen und es zudem an theoretisch begründeten Curricula fehlt, liegt die empirische Untersuchung der ungeklärten Fragen nahe: Was tun Aufstelle...
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Background This study examined relationships between attachment style, eating disorders (EDs), personality variables and family functioning. Methods In our study, 253 women (M = 25.72 years, SD = 8.73) were grouped into one of four categories either according to self-reported ED diagnosis or by exceeding cut-offs for a clinical diagnosis on the Ea...
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Background ”Competence” as a research concept is associated with numerous attributions, depending on scientific discipline and research question. In this study, the theory of tacit knowledge formulated by Michael Polanyi provides ground for the externalization of therapists’ thoughts and decisions. The method has already been applied in a qualitati...
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Aim: There is a need of an economical, reliable and valid instrument in German-speaking region to measure the burden of relatives who care for mentally ill persons. In this study, we translated the Burden Assessment Scale (BAS, Reinhard et al. 1994) into German and conducted a psychometric study. Methods: We used confirmative factor analyses (CAF,...
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Background: Social anxiety disorders are among the most prevalent anxiety disorders in the general population. The efficacy of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) for social anxiety disorders is well demonstrated. However, only three studies point to the efficacy of systemic therapy (ST) in anxiety disorders, and only two of them especially focus o...
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Hintergrund Bisherige Wirksamkeitsstudien weisen auf eine signifikante Reduktion sozialängstlicher Symptomatik durch systemtherapeutische Verfahren hin. Valide Schlussfolgerungen setzen eine kontinuierliche, zuverlässige und valide Qualitätsprüfung der Therapien voraus. Parallel zu einem neuen Manual „Systemische Therapie bei sozialen Angststörunge...
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Background: Social anxiety disorders are among the most prevalent anxiety disorders in the general population. Studies investigating support-related (SN) and anxiety-related (AN) social network structure, composition, sustainability and innovation in association with positive and negative social support, social systems functioning and social system...
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This article describes useful consultation practices for individual coaching in typical workplace conflict situations. Our approach for understanding of workplace conflicts is based on the differentiation between various “toxic” conflictual constellations (e.g. contradiction, conflict, dilemma and double bind), between difficulties that can and can...
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This study presents the theoretical background, development, and psychometric properties of the German and English versions of the Experience in Personal Social Systems Questionnaire (EXIS.pers). It assesses how the members of a personal social system experience their situation within that system. It is designed as a research tool for interventions...
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Next to affective and somatoform disorders, social anxiety disorders are among the three most widespread illnesses of our times. Systemic therapy offers a variety of well-documented approaches for getting to grips with the disorder and has also come up with two efficacy studies explicitly dedicated to social anxiety disorders. The introduction to t...
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This study examines ritual body postures (RBPs), a technique for the induction of a unique altered state of consciousness (ASC) characterized by the paradoxical arousal of a combined trophotropic and ergotropic trance. The objectives were (a) to test the specificity of RBPs, (b) to describe effects on daily life, and (c) to analyze experts and novi...
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We introduce readers to two questionnaires designed for the economic measurement of change following systemic and other psychosocial interventions. Using identical items and scales, but different instructions, they can be equally used for personal systems (couples, families, households etc.) as for organizational systems (work teams, classroom grou...
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In a previous randomized controlled trial (RCT), short-term efficacy of family constellation seminars (FCSs) in a general population sample was demonstrated. In this article, we examined mid- and long-term stability of these effects. Participants were 104 adults (M = 47 years; SD = 9; 84% female) who were part of the intervention group in the origi...
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Betrachtungen einer interkulturell systemisch-ethnologischen Haltung: Ergänzungen für eine interkulturelle systemische Therapie Wenn einer eine Reise tut, dann kann er was erzählen. Drum nähme ich den Stock und Hut und tät das Reisen wählen. Matthias Claudius (1740–1815) Einige Gründe, diesen Beitrag nicht zu schreiben, und einige Gründe, es doch z...
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Outline of a new questionnaire and dis­ cussion of the results obtained with it in the Heidelberg RCT study on the ef­ ficacy of systems constellations. Initial findings from the Heidelberg RCT study investigating the efficacy of systems constellations were published in the 1/2013 issue of this journal (Wein­hold et al., 2013). So far, however, the...
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Experience in Social Systems Outline of a new questionnaire and discussion of the results obtained with it in the Heidelberg RCT study on the efficacy of systems constellations. Initial findings from the Heidelberg RCT study investigating the efficacy of systems constellations were published in the 1/2013 issue of this journal (Weinhold et al., 201...
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Der EXIS ist ein ökonomisches, reliables, valides und veränderungssensitives Instrument zur Erfassung des individuellen Erlebens in sozialen Systemen („ich-innerhalb-meines-Systems“). Er schließt die Lücke im Bereich der interpersonalen Messinstrumente, die in der Regel Interaktionen in dyadischen Beziehungen („du-ich“) oder in ganzen Familien („wi...
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This study examined the efficacy of family constellation seminars (FCSs) on individuals' experience in their personal social systems, especially the experience of belonging, autonomy, accord, and confidence. We conducted a single-blind, stratified and balanced, randomized controlled trial. Participants were 208 adults (M = 48 years, SD = 10, 79% wo...
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The study examined the efficacy of nonrecurring family constellation seminars on psychological health. We conducted a monocentric, single-blind, stratified, and balanced randomized controlled trial (RCT). After choosing their roles for participating in a family constellation seminar as either active participant (AP) or observing participant (OP), 2...
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In the past, little empirical research has been devoted to systemic constellations. One conceivable reason for this is the emotional controversy about family constellations as a »systemic« method and the »phenomenological« light in which practitioners have traditionally seen themselves. But the diversification of constellations produced empirical s...
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In the past, little empirical research has been devoted to systemic constellations. One conceivable reason for this is the emotional controversy about family constellations as a «systemic»method and the «phenomenological»light in which practitioners have traditionally seen themselves. But the diversification of constellations produced empirical stu...
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Die Frage nach dem Einfluss von Kultur auf Erleben und Verhalten hat innerhalb der quantitativen Psychologie erheblich an Bedeutung gewonnen. Im vorliegenden Artikel wird zunächst geklärt, was unter „Kultur” theoretisch und forschungspraktisch zu verstehen ist, wie sich psychologisch relevante Einflüsse von Kultur nachweisen lassen und welche Varia...

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