Physical and sexual violence in dating among adolescents: How effective are prevention programs?

Studies show that physical and sexual violence often occurs in teen dating relationships: according to current data, the incidence is around 20 percent for physical violence and around 10 percent for sexual violence. A research team at the University of Klagenfurt has recently conducted a meta-analysis to investigate the extent to which prevention programs work. The results have now been presented in JAMA Pediatrics.

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A new program supports the mental health of children in Southeast Europe

Nearly half of all psychological disorders can be traced back to the early years of the affected individuals, i.e. to the time before they reached the age of 14. In adulthood, this frequently leads to chronic illnesses, which may in turn exert negative effects on the individuals’ social lives, economic productivity and quality of life. A new project supported by H2020 (European Union) aims to prevent the occurrence of these illnesses during the childhood years. The project’s geographical focus lies on Southeast Europe.

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Pharmaceutical advertising can empower patients

Autumn is flu season and that means it is high season for pharmacies selling over-the-counter cold and flu remedies. Those who aren’t reminded by their own running noses, are sure to be alerted to these types of pharmaceutical drugs by advertisements and posters. A team of researchers has recently studied the extent to which pharmaceutical advertising supports the so-called self-empowerment of patients. The investigation focused on Brazil, the fastest-growing pharmaceutical drug market in the world.

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New research project: What happens between psychotherapy appointments?

A psychotherapy appointment generally lasts for 50 minutes and is typically scheduled once a week. Psychotherapy research indicates that relevant processes are also taking place between therapy sessions. These are the subject of a new investigation by a research team around Professor Sylke Andreas and PhD-Student Thorsten-Christian Gablonski that is supported by the Anniversary Fund of the Oesterreichische Nationalbank, with the aim to use the findings to develop an application capable of recording, monitoring and promoting these so-called intersession processes. 

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Prävention von Übergewicht und Adipositas im Vorschulalter

Project Contact: Brigitte Jenull

EU-Projekt unter der Projektträgerschaft der Gemeinden der „Stadt-Umland Regionalkooperation Villach“

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Mental Health in the Elderly

Project Contact: Sylke Andreas


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