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Jan Ilhan Kizilhan

Jan Ilhan Kizilhan
Cooperative State University Baden-Württemberg · Institute for Transcultural Health Science

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Introduction
Prof. Dr. Dr. Jan Ilhan Kizilhan is a psychologist, author and publisher, with research interests in psychotraumatology, sexual violation, trauma, terror and war, transcultural psychiatry, psychotherapy, clinical psychology and psychotherapy, migration research and socialization-war research. Professor Kizilhan studied psychology and sociology at the University of Bochum (Germany). He holds a Doctorate in psychology from the University of Konstanz (Germany) and Doctorate in New Iranian Science from the University Göttingen. Hier currently Dean at the Institute of Psychotherapy and Psychotraumatology at University of Duhok and Director of the Institute for Transcultural Health Science, State University Baden-Württemberg.

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While university students in developing countries welcome digital learning tools, they frequently lack Information and Communication Technology (ICT) skills which enable them to successfully carry out activities linked to information and communication technologies. This, in turn, means that they struggle to meet practical academic and professional...
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The number of wars in the world is on the rise. A number of studies have documented the devastating impact on the public and especially public mental health. Health care systems in low- and lower-middle income countries that are frequently already challenged by the existing mental health services gap cannot provide the necessary care for those disp...
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Migration bewirkt in der Regel einen dauerhaften und sich dynamisch entwickelnden Wechselwirkungsprozess kultureller Lebenskonzepte, der auch im Hilfesystem für die psychische Gesundheit Berücksichtigung finden muss. Durch die Einbeziehung sprachlicher, kultureller und migrationsspezifischer Aspekte in die Beratung, Betreuung und soziale Unterstütz...
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After the so-called Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) launched their offensive in August 2014, they targeted their appalling viciousness on local religious minority groups, such as the Yazidi people, who have been indigenous to Northern Iraq, among other areas, for centuries. After having seized control of the Yazidi settlement areas, they kil...
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Background: Thus far, most researchers on genocide and transgenerational transmissions have focused on the National Socialist Holocaust as the most abhorrent example of this severe human rights violation. Few data have been published on other ethnic or religious groups affected by genocidal actions in this context. Methodology: Using a mixed-met...
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Objectives: The primary aim of this research was to develop a questionnaire that assesses perceived injustice among survivors of war and trauma in conflict areas and to evaluate its psychometric properties. This paper presents the first preliminary validation. Furthermore, the assumption that the general perception of injustice correlates with one...
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Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) has been identified as one of the most serious human rights violations women are exposed to in many countries, in spite of national and international efforts. The actual implementation of preventive strategies and support of victims faces a number of challenges that can only be addressed by an interdisciplinary appro...
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The worldwide spread of COVID‐19 is especially causing a humanitarian catastrophe in refugee camps in crisis regions.1 For example, currently over 350 000 survivors of Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorism in the Kurdistan region of Iraq live in more than 20 refugee camps. These communities, which had already been traumatized, are now co...
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The number of potential Islamist perpetrators and supporters has been rising worldwide since the beginning of ISIS in 2014. Despite its military defeat in 2017, ISIS remains a serious threat. How come that numerous people join ISIS and allow the organisation to motivate them to participate in cruel and inhuman acts, such as mass-killings, within a...
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„Ferman 74“ bezeichnet den systematischen Völkermord am jesidischen Volk durch fanatische Anhänger des sogenannten Islamischen Staats, der mit dem Überfall auf das Dorf Kotscho im Sintschar-Gebiet am 3.8.2014 begann. Der vorliegende Band dokumentiert durch über 200 Aussagen und Interviews mit Überlebenden die Selektion der einzelnen Gruppen, sexuel...
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So far, the psychotherapeutic treatment of patients with trauma spectrum disorders has most commonly been based on a disease model in which the normal reaction to trauma results in negative emotions, cognitions and behaviour which, in turn, cause a pathological state of mind or disorder. Here, trauma is associated with distress. This model focuses...
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In the aftermath of crimes against humanity, human rights violations, and genocide, the question arises whether and how justice can be restored. A lack of social justice and continuing injustice in post-conflict areas prevent survivors from processing their traumatic experiences. As a consequence, the individuals and often their families, their com...
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Background: Traumatic war experiences, like the ones the Yazidi had to undergo due to the attack of the so-called Islamic State (ISIS) in August 2014, are often followed by psychological consequences such as posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and depression. A more detailed analysis of such specific survivor groups is needed, to develop and impl...
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Background: Local and international Psychotherapists working with war survivors are confronted with a whole variety of burdens. The close contact to their clients and the conversations about terror, flight and genocides, they are frequently subject to vicarious traumatization resulting from these events and reveal a risk of developing secondary tr...
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Highlights of this issue - Volume 216 Issue 3 - Thomas G. Schulze, Michel Botbol, Jan Ilhan Kizilhan
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Background Survivors of Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) captivity are at high risk of developing mental disorders such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Aims This study looks at the correlation between sexual abuse, shame, somatoform or bodily distress disorders, and dissociative seizures (psychogenic non-epileptic seizures). Method...
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Background Traumatic war experiences, like the ones the Yazidi had to undergo due to the attack of the so-called Islamic State (ISIS) in August 2014, are often followed by psychological consequences such as posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and depression. A more detailed analysis of such specific survivor groups is needed, to develop and implem...
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Der IS drang 2014 in den Nordirak ein, mit desaströsen Folgen für die dortige Bevölkerung. In dem vom Land Baden-Württemberg ins Leben gerufenen Sonderkontingent für besonders schutzbedürftige Frauen und Kinder aus dem Nordirak fanden über 1000 Überlebende, größtenteils ezidischen Glaubens, Zuflucht in Deutschland. Unter ihnen war auch die heutige...
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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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Former child soldiers are at high risk of developing mental disorders. This study looks at the prevalence of PTSD, depression and associated risk factors such as disturbed self-esteem among former child soldiers of the so-called 'Islamic State'. The psychological effect of traumatic events was assessed in 81 Yazidi children who had been child soldi...
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Menschen aus verschiedenen Kulturen unterscheiden sich häufig in ihrem Schmerzerleben. Das betrifft sowohl die Art, wie Schmerzen ausgedrückt werden, als auch die Erklärungsmodelle der Patienten für ihre Beschwerden. Um den Betroffenen gerecht zu werden, ist bei Ärzten und Therapeuten ein kultursensibles Vorgehen gefragt.
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Deutscher Kongress für Psychosomatische Medizin und Psychotherapie vom 20. bis 22. März 2019 in Berlin – 80 Abstracts Zeitschrift für Psychosomatische Medizin und Psychotherapie Februar 2019 Band 65, Ausgabe 1, S. 42-120
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Psychiatric care of refugees in Africa and the Middle East. Challenges and solutions Abstract Violence, flight, famine, and natural disasters first initiatives to improve psychiatric care in as well as the absence of a psychosocial refugee camps in Ethiopia, Kenya, and Sudan. healthcare system are major psychological Moreover, we provide first...
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Research into the psychological consequences of rape on women in war and warlike situations is limited. The aims of this study were (a) to describe the prevalence and the nature of PTSD symptoms among Yazidi women reporting rape during IS captivity, (b) to describe comorbidity of other psychological disorders, and (c) to examine the risk factors as...
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Introduction: Refugees fleeing persecution, torture, or sexual violence are at high risk of developing both acute and chronic psychological disorders. Systematic violence, as committed against the Yazidi minority in Northern Iraq by the terror organization known as the Islamic State (IS), can be seen as a particularly traumatic burden to the victim...
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Background Former child soldiers are at high risk of developing mental disorders such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD); however, their comprehensive mental health has yet to be examined. Aims This study looks at the prevalence of PTSD, depression and associated risk factors such as disturbed self-esteem among former child soldiers of the s...
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Der islamisierte Terrorismus hat viele religiöse und ideologische Gesichter; er nutzt moderne Medien, schafft transnationale Netze und zielt auf die Verbreitung von Angst und Schrecken. Wie kommt es dazu, dass Tausende Menschen aus aller Welt sich diesen Terrororganisationen anschließen und zu Massenmördern werden und welche psychologischen, soziok...
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Die biografische Veränderung der Migration hat einen erheblichen Einfluss auf die individuelle und kollektive Identität sowie auf die Art und Weise, wie die Vergangenheit verarbeitet wird und ob das Einleben im Aufnahmeland gelingt. Die Gestaltung dieser neuen Lebensphase, die infolge hoher Belastungen auch zu Krankheit führen kann, ist abhängig vo...
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In kollektiven Kulturen spielen traditionelle Werte, Familie und Gesellschaft eine essenzielle Rolle für Beziehungen und soziale Netzwerke. Das hat Einfluss auf Verhalten, Kognitionen und Emotionen, die insbesondere bei psychischen Erkrankungen für die Diagnostik und Behandlung von Bedeutung sind. Gefühlsäußerungen jeglicher Art und ihre Intensität...
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People from family-oriented societies in particular, in addition to having a post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) suffer from chronic pain and physical complaints. Such people have a different understanding of physical illness and pain and, compared to patients from western societies, have different ideas on healing, even when confronted with the...
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Following the severe attacks by the so-called ´Islamic State of Iraq and Syria’ (ISIS) on the Yazidi population, which started in summer 2014, the state government of Baden-Württemberg, Germany, funded a Special-Quota Project to bring 1000 very ill or left-behind women and children who were being held hostage to 22 cities and towns in Baden-Württem...
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In recent years, Islamic terrorism has manifested itself with an unexpectedly destructive force. Despite the fact that Islamic terrorism commences locally in most cases, it has spread its terror worldwide. In August 2014, when troops of the self-proclaimed 'Islamic State' conquered areas of northern Iraq, they turned on the long-established religio...
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Zusammenfassung Die Landesregierung in Baden-Württemberg hat aufgrund der katastrophalen Lage im Irak und in Syrien schutzbedürftige Menschen, v. a. junge Frauen, die in Geiselhaft des Islamischen Staats (IS) waren, nach Baden-Württemberg geholt. Bisher hat etwa ein Drittel der Betroffenen eine dolmetschergestützte Psychotherapie begonnen. Neben ku...
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p> Background and Objectives: The study examines the extent to which a link exists between forced marriage and the frequency of mental illness. Methods: Female migrants both in forced marriages and not in forced marriages with a Turkish background were compared in psychosomatic clinics in Germany with regard to their psychological complaints. R...
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Violence, flight, famine, and natural disasters as well as the absence of a psychosocial healthcare system are major psychological burdens for refugees. The level of provision of mental healthcare is particularly low in developing countries. Internally displaced people and refugees place high demands on the healthcare system because they often suff...
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Für die Behandlung traumatisierter Geflüchteter sind sowohl kulturelle und sozialpolitische Aspekte, das Krankheitsverständnis und die -verarbeitung als auch die Beziehungsgestaltung zu beachten. Dazu gehört neben der Akzeptanz der körperlichen Beschwerden in der kognitiven Verhaltenstherapie auch die Beachtung von Sprachbarrieren sowie individuell...
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Patients from traditional-collective Middle-East cultures have a different understanding of pain and other healing expectations, even in contact with the doctor and psychotherapist, for example, as patients in individualized Western societies. This has not been considered enough in modern multimodal therapy, especially in psychological pain treatme...
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Sexual abuse toward children and adolescents is a global public health and human rights concern. Despite being a crime in most countries, and with well-known physical and mental health consequences, the majority of sexual offences are not reported. Child and adolescents sexual abuse is a maltreatment form characterized by contact or noncontact acts...
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Patients from different cultures, particularly from family-oriented societies, such as the Near and Middle East, southern Italy and Greece, have a different perception of pain and other healing expectations, even in contact with doctors, than for example patients in western societies. This aspect is not sufficiently taken into consideration by mode...
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Der Autor beschäftigt sich in diesem Text mit sexuellem Missbrauch bei Kindern und Jugendlichen mit Migrationshintergrund, Schwerpunkt sind hierbei muslimische Migranten. Nach einem Überblick zur Häufigkeit von sexuellem Missbrauch bei Kindern und Jugendlichen mit Migrationshintergrund wird darauf eingegangen, welche spezifischen Bedürfnisse Kinder...
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Menschen aus traditionell-islamischen Ländern verfügen über unterschiedliche Werte, Normen sowie Vorstellungen von Spiritualität und Religion. Diese haben einen wichtigen Einfluss auf die Art und Weise des Erlebens von Krankheit, Gesundheit und Therapie. Sowohl die Spiritualität als auch die religiösen Vorstellungen mit ihrer besonderen Form von Kr...
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Ziel der Studie: Die Studie untersucht, inwieweit es einen Zusammenhang zwischen einer Zwangsverheiratung und der Häufigkeit psychischer Erkrankung gibt. Methode: Zwangsverheiratete und nicht zwangsverheiratete Migrantinnen werden hinsichtlich ihrer psychischen Beschwerden in psychosomatischen Kliniken in Deutschland verglichen. Ergebnisse: Zwangsv...
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Die Yeziden gehören zu einer kleinen, sich nicht ethnisch oder sprachlich, sondern religiös bestimmenden Gruppe der Kurden. Sie leben als Bauern und Viehzüchter verstreut in der Türkei, in Syrien, im Irak und in der ehemaligen Sowjetunion. Mit der Islamisierungswelle in den kurdischen Gebieten teilte sich auch ihr Schicksal. Die Mehrheit der Kurden...
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Patients from collective cultures with a tradition-bound Islamic cultural background (e.g. people from the Middle East and some Far-East countries such Pakistan and Indonesia), have a different perception of disease and different conceptions of healing, which up till now have not been sufficiently appreciated in modern multimodal therapeutic approa...
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Die Yeziden gehören zu den Kurden und sprechen einen kurdischen Dialekt (Kurmanci). In der Mehrzahl leben die auf 800.000 bis eine Million geschätzten Yeziden im Norden des Irak.1 Nahe der Stadt Dohuk liegt ihr Zentralheiligtum Lalish, die Begräbnisstätte des Reformers dieser Glaubensgruppe, Scheikh Adi ben Musafi r (1075-1162). In der Nähe residie...
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Die Yeziden sehen sich selbst als Angehörige der ältesten Religion der Welt und mehrheitlich als Kurden. Sie gehören zu einer kleinen, sich nicht ethnisch oder sprachlich, sondern religiös bestimmenden Gruppe mit eigenen Werten und Normen, die sich über Jahrhunderte innerhalb der kurdischen Gemeinschaft entwickelt haben. Die Yeziden leben heute noc...
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Numerous psychiatric and psychosomatic clinics in Turkey and Germany use the Symptom Checklist 90 Revised (SCL-90-R) developed by Derogatis (1977) or the validated Turkish version by Dag (1991) for assessing psychological symptoms. Many patients informed us during numerous studies and visits to these clinics that this test with its 90 questions too...
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This study examines to what extent subjective illness concepts and symptoms of Turkish patients in Germany have changed over 40 years. Two groups of patients of Turkish origin from psychosomatic clinics in Germany took part in the study, the first group made up of 690 patients from the "first generation" of migrants and the second group comprising...
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Background and Objectives: This study investigated the mental health status of young girls after genital mutilation in Northern Iraq. Although experts assume that circumcised girls are more prone to psychiatric illnesses than non-circumcised girls, little research has been conducted to confirm this claim. For the purpose of this study, it was assum...
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Patients from collective cultures with a tradition-bound cultural background (e.g., people from the Middle East and some south European countries such as Italy and Greece), have a different perception of pain and different conceptions of healing, which up till now have not been sufficiently appreciated in modern multimodal therapeutic approaches. I...
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Next to general psychosocial stress culture-specific and migration related factors are assumed in criminal offences of migrants. Little is known on the specific situation of the perpetrators of honor killings. This study hypothesized that perpetrators of honor killings have a patriarchal-religious belief system generating an idea of "honor". In cor...
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In the psychotherapeutic treatment of migrant families from family-oriented societies, cultural identity and the role of the family are of particular significance. Due to biographical differences the family-oriented notions of the first generation differ from those of the second and third generations in terms of the degree of cultural identity and...
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Patienten aus familienorientierten Gesellschaften haben ein anderes Verständnis von Schmerz und andere Heilungsvorstellungen als Patienten aus westlichen Gesellschaften. Dies ist in den modernen multimodalen Therapieansätzen bisher nicht ausreichend berücksichtigt worden. Wissensdefizite bezüglich der Anatomie und Funktionsweise des eigenen Körpers...
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Die Beziehungen zwischen der Türkei und der Europäischen Union begannen 1959 mit der Bewerbung der Türkei um die Vollmitgliedschaft in der EWG (Europäische Wirtschaftsgemeinschaft). Die EWG akzeptierte die Bewerbung und im Jahr 1964 wurde in Ankara ein Assoziationsabkommen mit der Türkei unterzeichnet. Der Weg der Türkei in die Union stand offen, m...

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The project focuses on the Fourth Industrial Resolution from an Industrial and Organisational, as well as Management Sciences perspectives. Anchored in these disciplines, we take transcultural and transdisciplinary views on exploring what the 4IR / Industry 4.0 is, what impact it has on employees and organisations and how people define identity, work, relationships etc. within the changing world of work.