Hahn, E., Richter, D., Schupp, J., & Back, M. D. (2019). Predictors of refugee adjustment: The importance of cognitive skills and personality. Collabra: Psychology, 5(1), 23.

This publication on predictors of refugee adjustment was highlighted in a recent press release of the WWU, Saarland University and the Socio-economic Panel (SOEP) at the German Institute of Economic Research (DIW). The respective paper can be found here.

April 2019

At the NaWik 19 symposium on science communication, Nadine Knab (University Koblenz-Landau) presents the Expert Network Social Psychology on Forced Migration and Refugee Integration. This presentation was co-authored by Felicitas Flade (Johannes Gutenberg University, Mainz) and Jens H. Hellmann (WWU Münster, [PARI]).

March, 2019
Jens H. Hellmann and Pascal Schlechter (WWU Münster, [PARI] / University of Cambridge) give presentations at the Launch of the Centre for the Study of Emotion and the Law (Royal Holloway University of London) and hold a workshop on “Refugees’ attitudes toward seeking professional psychological help and attitudes toward refugees”.

March, 2019

At the meeting of the expert network social psychology on forced migration and integration, Jens H. Hellmann host a plenary discussion on the topic "Refugee integration: Evidence-based action instead of emotional debate". Participants were Boris Palmer (Mayor of Tübingen), Dr. Helen Landmann (FernUniversität in Hagen), Jama Maqsudi (Founder and CEO of the German-Afghan Refugee Aid), Veronika Kienzle (State Ministry Baden-Württemberg), and Dr. Gabi Biesinger (Chief Editorial Staff, SWR).

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February, 2019 - NEW PUBLICATION

Hoppen, T. H., & Morina, N. (2019). The prevalence of PTSD and major depression in the global population of adult war survivors: A meta-analytically informed estimate in absolute numbers. European Journal of Psychotraumatology, 10:1, 1578637.

January, 2019 - NEW PUBLICATION

Morina, N., & Sterr, T. N. (2019). Lack of evidence for the efficacy of psychotherapies for PTSD and depression in child and adolescent refugees. World Psychiatry, 18(1), 107-108.

October, 2018 - NEW PUBLICATION

Morina, N., Stam, K., Pollet, T. V., & Priebe, S. (2018). Prevalence of depression and posttraumatic stress disorder in adult civilian survivors of war who stay in war-afflicted regions: A systematic review and meta-analysis of epidemiological studies. Journal of Affective Disorders, 239, 328-338.


Morina, N., & Nickerson, A. (Eds.) (2018). Mental health of refugee and conflict-affected populations: Theory, research and clinical practice. Cham, Switzerland: Springer. ISBN-13: 978-3319970455.

April, 2018 - Presentations by refugees

[PARI] has organized two presentations by young Syrian refugees at the Institute for Psychology at the University of Münster. The refugees have talked about their time before, during, and after their forced migration from Syria to Germany. The presentations were organized in cooperation with The Global Experience and Life Back Home.

July, 2017

The pax christi Korrespondenz of the Münster bisphoric has published a contribution by Jens H. Hellmann, Judith Knausenberger, Gerald Echterhoff, and Mitja Back, entitled „Woher kommt die Angst vor Fremden und einer sogenannten Islamisierung? Zum Einfluss einzelner Ereignisse und der Medien auf die Entstehung von Fremdenangst“ (Where does the fear of strangers and a so-called Islamization come from? On the impact of singular encounters and media on the formation of xenophobia).

The research initiative [PARI] has presented central topics, projects, and approaches to the scientific analysis of psychological processes relevant to refugee integration in the Alexander-von-Humboldt-Haus of the University of Münster, Germany, on May 5th, 2017. After a first short introduction by the coordinator of the research initiative, Jens H. Hellmann, Gerald Echterhoff presented an overview over extant research approaches, the goals and first projects of [PARI], and a first version of a framework on psychological processes that are relevant for refugee integration. In the next presentation, Mitja Back described first results from a study investigating first impressions of refugees and Germans on the basis of headshot photographs. In the following, Julia Becker (Social Psychology, University of Osnabrück, Germany) presented a series of own studies showing the potentially differential effects of autonomy- and dependency-oriented help for refugees. Nexhmedin Morina described in his talk what we know so far about the effectiveness of psychotherapeutic treatment of traumatized refugees.

After a lunch break, the approx. 60 attendees joined a small poster exhibition, in which first results from [PARI]-subprojects were depicted. Among others, Elisabeth Hahn (Saarbrücken) presented a poster with results from a cooperation with Mitja Back. Other posters described, for example, results from the labs of Joscha Kärtner and Gerald Echterhoff.

A panel discussion, hosted by Jens H. Hellmann, that included Julia Becker, Dana Jacob, and Nexhmedin Morina, vastly benefited from many questions and comments from the participating attendees. Additionally, a final talk by the historian Michael Schwartz (Institut für Zeitgeschichte München-Berlin) on the policies regarding displaced people in East and West Germany rounded off our apt symposium. The combination of presentations and the exchange with practitioners provided numerous suggestions and stimulation for the following tasks and work of the research initiative [PARI].