Publications 

Peer-reviewed Journal Articles

2022

Perceptions of the positive consequences at the beginning of the pandemic

Ajduković, M., Rezo Bagarić, I., & Ajduković, D. (2022). Is there anything good about the COVID-19 pandemic? Perceptions of the positive consequences at the beginning of the pandemic. Psihologijske teme31(1), 1-25.

Qualitative analysis of daily uplifts during 14 days of the pandemic in Sweden

Eklund R, Bondjers K, Hensler I, Bragesjö M, Johannesson KB, Arnberg FK, Sveen J. (2022). Daily uplifts during the COVID-19 pandemic: what is considered helpful in everyday life? BMC Public Health. 22(1), 1-10. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12889-022-12506-4.

Associations between past childhood adversity and psychopathology

Jernslett, M., Anastassiou-Hadjicharalambous, X., Lioupi, C., Syros, I., Kapatais, A., Karamanoli, V., Evgeniou, E., Messas, K., Palaiokosta, A., Papathanasiou, E.  & Lotzin, A. (2022). Disentangling the associations between past childhood adversity and psychopathology during the COVID-19 pandemic: The mediating roles of specific pandemic stressors and coping strategies. Child Abuse & Neglect, 129, 105673. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.chiabu.2022.105673

Associations between individual profiles of coping behaviour and well-being in Germany

Kenntemich, L., von Hülsen, L., Schäfer, I., Böttcher, M., & Lotzin, A. Coping profiles and differences in well-being during the COVID-19 pandemic: A latent profile analysis. Stress & Health.

Study protocol on longitudinal classes of post-traumatic stress disorder, adjustment disorder, and well-being in the Netherlands

Lenferink L. I. M., Mouthaan J., Fritz, A. M., Soydas, S., Eidhof, M., Van Hoof, M-J., Groen, S. P. M, & Mooren, T. T. M. (2022). Predicting transitions between longitudinal classes of posttraumatic stress disorder, adjustment disorder and wellbeing during the COVID-19 pandemic: protocol of a latent transition model in a general Dutch sample. BMJ Open, 12, e055696. https://doi:10.1136/ bmjopen-2021-055696

Psychometric paper on the factorial validity and reliability of the Pandemic Coping Scale (PCS) developed for this project

Lotzin, A., Ketelsen, R., Krause, L., Ozga, A.-K., B.,  Böttche, M., & Schäfer, I. (2022). The Pandemic Coping Scale – validity and reliability of a brief measure of coping during a pandemic. Health Psychology and Behavioral Medicine, 10(1), 762-785. https://doi.org/10.1080/21642850.2022.2112198

Psychometric paper on the factorial validity and reliability of the Pandemic Stressor Scale (PaSS) developed for this project

Lotzin, A., Ketelsen, R., Zrnić, I., Lueger-Schuster, B., Böttche, M., & Schäfer, I. (2022). The Pandemic Stressor Scale: factorial validity and reliability of a measure of stressors during a pandemic. BMC Psychology10(1), 1-13. https://doi.org/10.1186/s40359-022-00790-z

Risk and protective factors for PTSD in trauma-exposed individuals

Annett Lotzin, Linda Krause, Elena Acquarini, Dean Ajdukovic, Xenia Anastassiou-Hadjicharalambous, Vittoria Ardino, Kristina Bondjers, Maria Böttche, Małgorzata Dragan, Margarida Figueiredo-Braga, Odeta Gelezelyte, Piotr Grajewski, Jana Darejan Javakhishvili, Evaldas Kazlauskas, Lonneke Lenferink, Chrysanthi Lioupi, Brigitte Lueger-Schuster, Trudy Mooren, Luisa Sales, Aleksandra Stevanovic, Josefin Sveen, Lela Tsiskarishvili, Irina Zrnic Novakovic, Ingo Schäfer & ADJUST Study Consortium (2022) Risk and protective factors for posttraumatic stress disorder in trauma-exposed individuals during the COVID-19 pandemic – findings from a pan-European study, European Journal of Psychotraumatology,13:2,  DOI: 10.1080/20008066.2022.2138099

Longitudinal analysis of mental health outcomes and coping behaviors in Austria

Lueger-Schuster, B., Zrnić Novaković, I., & Lotzin, A. (2022). Two years of COVID-19 in Austria — Exploratory longitudinal study of mental health outcomes and coping behaviors in the general population. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 19(13), 8223. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph19138223

Depressive symptoms, stressors and coping in cities compared to towns

Meyer, C., El-Haj-Mohamad, R., Stammel, N., Lotzin, A., Schäfer, I., Knaevelsrud, C., and Böttche, M. (2022). Associations of depressive symptoms, COVID-19-related stressors, and coping strategies. A comparison between cities and towns in Germany. Frontiers in Psychiatry, 12, 791312. https://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyt.2021.791312

Qualitative study on pandemic-related experiences in Austria, Croatia, Georgia, Greece, Poland and Portugal

Zrnić Novaković, I., Lueger-Schuster, B., Verginer, L., Bakić, H., Ajduković, D., Borges, C., Figueiredo-Braga, M., Javakhishvili, J. Darejan, Tsiskarishvili, L., Dragan, M., Nagórka, N., Anastassiou-Hadjicharalambous, X., Lioupi, C., & Lotzin, A. (2022). You can’t do anything about it, but you can make the best of it: A qualitative analysis of pandemic-related experiences in six European countries. European Journal of Psychotraumatology, 13(1), 2065431. https://doi.org/10.1080/20008198.2022.2065431

2021

Predictors of suicide ideation in Lithuania and Poland

Gelezelyte, O., Dragan, M, Grajewski, P., Kvedaraite, M., Lotzin, A., Skrodzka, M,  Nomeikaite, A., & Kazlauskas, E. (2021). Predictors of suicide ideation in Lithuania and Poland amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The Journal of Crisis Intervention and Suicide Prevention. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1027/0227-5910/a000814

Cross-sectional results on the relationships between risk and protective factors, stressors, and symptoms of adjustment disorder

Lotzin, A., Krause, L., Acquarini, E., Ajdukovic, D., Ardino, V., Arnberg, F., Böttche, M., Bragesjö, M., Dragan, M., & Figueiredo-Braga, M. (2021). Risk and protective factors, stressors, and symptoms of adjustment disorder during the COVID-19 pandemic–First results of the ESTSS COVID-19 pan-European ADJUST study. European Journal of Psychotraumatology, 12(1), 1964197.

2020

Study protocol of the ESTSS ADJUST study

Lotzin, A., Acquarini, E., Ajdukovic, D., Ardino, V., Böttche, M., Bondjers, K., Bragesjö, M., Dragan, M., Grajewski, P., Figueiredo-Braga, M., Gelezelyte, O., Javakhishvili, J. D., Kazlauskas, E., Knefel, M., Lueger-Schuster, B., Makhashvili, N., Mooren, T., Sales, L., Stevanovic, A., & Schäfer, I. (2020). Stressors, coping and symptoms of adjustment disorder in the course of the COVID-19 pandemic – study protocol of the European Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (ESTSS) pan-European study. European Journal of Psychotraumatology, 11(1), 1780832. https://doi.org/10.1080/20008198.2020.1780832

Conference Presentations

2022

Pandemic related experiences across six European countries – Is there a silver lining?

Zrnić Novaković, I. (2022, February). Pandemic related experiences across six European countries – Is there a silver lining? Presentation at the interdisciplinary conference VDS CoBeNe PhD Academy, Vienna, Austria.

2021

The ESTSS pan-European COVID-19 Cohort Study on stressors, risk and resilience factors, and symptoms of adjustment disorder – Study design and first results from eleven countries

Lotzin, A., Kazlauskas, E., & Javakshivili, J. (2021, November). The ESTSS pan-European COVID-19 Cohort Study on stressors, risk and resilience factors, and symptoms of adjustment disorder – Study design and first results from eleven countries. In: E. Kazlauskas (Chair): Mental health and adjustment to the COVID-19 pandemic in Europe: Findings of the ESTSS ADJUST study. Panel discussion at the Virtual Conference ISTSS 37th Annual Meeting, November 2 – 5, 2021, Chicago, IL.

Double adversity and mental health: COVID-19 pandemic and earthquake disaster

Ajdukovic, D., Rezo Bagaric, I., Stevanovic, A., Franciskovic, T., Bakic, H., Ajdukovic, M. (2021, June). Double adversity and mental health: COVID-19 pandemic and earthquake disaster. In J.D. Javakhishvili (Chair): Exploring the Mental Health Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic: The Role of Current Stressors, Double Exposure and Previous Traumatic Experiences. Symposium at the Virtual Conference of the European Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (ESTSS) 2021, Trauma and Mental Health during the Global Pandemic, Andjik, The Netherlands.

Daily uplifts during the COVID-19 pandemic: What is considered helpful in everyday life?

Eklund, R., Arnberg, F., Hensler, I., Bergh Johannesson, K., Maria, B., Bondjers, K., & Sveen, J. (2021, June). Daily uplifts during the COVID-19 pandemic: What is considered helpful in everyday life? Oral presentation at the Virtual Conference of the European Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (ESTSS) 2021, Trauma and Mental Health during the Global Pandemic, Andijk, The Netherlands.

Exposure to media pandemic coverage, psychological burden, and perception of health services efficiency

Figueiredo-Braga, M., Andringa, D., Dias, A., Borges, C., Becker, J., Veloso, J., Lotzin, A., Sales, L. (2021, June). Exposure to media pandemic coverage, psychological burden, and perception of health services efficiency. Oral presentation at the Virtual Conference of the European Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (ESTSS) 2021, Trauma and Mental Health during the Global Pandemic, Andijk, The Netherlands.

The burden of adverse childhood experiences when coping and adjust to COVID 19 pandemic

Figueiredo-Braga, M., Dias A., Becker, J., Veloso, J., Sales, L., Lotzin, A., Acquarini, E., Ardino, V., Arnberg, F., Böttche, M,, Bragesjö, M., Hadjicharalambous, X., Dragan, M., Gelezelyte, O., Grajewski, P., Javakhishvili, J. D., Kazlauskas, E., Lioupi, C., Lueger-Schuster, B., Tsiskarishvili, L., Mooren, T., Stevanovic, A., Zrnić, I., Schäfer, I. (2021, June). The burden of adverse childhood experiences when coping and adjust to COVID 19 pandemic.  In J. D. Javakhishvili (Chair): Exploring the mental health impact of the COVID-19 pandemic: The role of current stressors, double exposure and previous traumatic experiences. ESTSS Pan-European COVID-19 study findings. Symposium at the Virtual Conference of the European Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (ESTSS) 2021, Trauma and Mental Health during the Global Pandemic, Andijk, The Netherlands.

The role of adjustment problems and pandemic-related stressors on suicide ideation: A general population study in Lithuania and Poland amid the COVID-19 pandemic

Gelezelyte, O., Dragan, M., Grajewski, P., Kvedaraite, M., Lotzin, A., Skrodzka, M., Nomeikaite, A., & Kazlauskas, E. (2021, June). The role of adjustment problems and pandemic-related stressors on suicide ideation: A general population study in Lithuania and Poland amid the COVID-19 pandemic. In J. D. Javakhishvili (Chair): Exploring the mental health impact of the COVID-19 pandemic: The role of current stressors, double exposure and previous traumatic experiences. ESTSS Pan-European COVID-19 study findings. Symposium at the Virtual Conference of the European Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (ESTSS) 2021, Trauma and Mental Health during the Global Pandemic, Andijk, The Netherlands.

Latent classes of posttraumatic stress disorder, adjustment disorder, and wellbeing during the COVID-19 pandemic in over 10,000 people across 11 European countries

Lenferink, L. I. M., Mouthaan, J., Soydas, S., Mooren, R., Lotzin, A., Acquarini, E., Ajdukovic, D., Ardino, V., Arnberg, F., Böttche, M., Bragesjö, M., Dragan, M., Figueiredo-Braga, M., Gelezelyte, O., Grajewski, P. Hadjicharalambous, X., Javakhishvili, J. D., Kazlauskas,E.,  Lioupi, C., Lueger-Schuster, B., Makhashvili, N., Mooren, T., Sales, L., Zrnić, I., Stevanovic, A., & Schäfer, I,  (2021, June). Latent classes of posttraumatic stress disorder, adjustment disorder, and wellbeing during the COVID-19 pandemic in over 10,000 people across 11 European countries. In E. Kazlauskas (Chair): The ESTSS pan-European COVID-19 ADJUST study on stressors, risk and resilience factors, and symptoms of adjustment disorder. Symposium at the Virtual Conference of the European Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (ESTSS) 2021, Trauma and Mental Health during the Global Pandemic, Andijk, The Netherlands.

The ESTSS pan-European COVID-19 ADJUST study on stressors, risk and resilience factors, and symptoms of adjustment disorder

Lotzin, A., Aakvaag, H., Acquarini, E., Ajdukovic, D., Ardino, V., Arnberg, F., Bakic, H., Böttche, M., Bragesjö, M., Dragan, Figueiredo-Braga, M., Gelezelyte, O., Grajewski, P., Hadjicharalambous, X., Javakhishvili, J. D., Kazlauskas,E.,  Lioupi, C., Lueger-Schuster, B., Makhashvili, N., Mooren, T., Sales, L., Zrnić, I., & Schäfer, I. (2021, June). The ESTSS pan-European COVID-19 cohort study on stressors, risk and resilience factors, and symptoms of adjustment disorder – Study design and first results from eleven countries. In E. Kazlauskas (Chair): The ESTSS pan-European COVID-19 ADJUST study on stressors, risk and resilience factors, and symptoms of adjustment disorder. Symposium at the Virtual Conference of the European Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (ESTSS) 2021, Trauma and Mental Health during the Global Pandemic, Andijk, The Netherlands.

Does being "the new student" matter? Findings on mental health of novice students during the COVID-19 pandemic

Mouthaan, J., Kivelä, L., Lenferink, L., Antypa, N., van Hoof, M., Mooren, T. (2021, June).Does being "the new student" matter? Findings on mental health of novice students during the COVID-19 pandemic. In J. Mouthaan (Chair): Taking care of our students: How the COVID-19 pandemic affects student mental health and wellbeing and how to intervene. Symposium at the Virtual Conference of the European Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (ESTSS) 2021, Trauma and Mental Health during the Global Pandemic, Andijk, The Netherlands.

Comparable levels of grief and posttraumatic stress after death due to COVID-19 and after other causes during the pandemic in Sweden

Sveen, J., Arnberg, F., Hensler, I., Bragesjö, M., Eklund, R., Johannesson, K. B., & Bondjers, K. (2021, June). Comparable levels of grief and posttraumatic stress after death due to COVID-19 and after other causes during the pandemic in Sweden. Poster presentation at the Virtual Conference of the European Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (ESTSS) 2021, Trauma and Mental Health during the Global Pandemic, Andijk, The Netherlands.

Feelings, thoughts, and challenges amidst the COVID-19 pandemic – A qualitative approach

Zrnić, I., Lueger-Schuster, B., Figueiredo-Braga, M., Sales, L., Javakhishvili, J.D., Tsiskarishvili, L., & Lotzin, A. (2021, June). Feelings, thoughts and challenges amidst the COVID-19 pandemic – A qualitative approach. In E. Kazlauskas (Chair): The ESTSS pan-European COVID-19 ADJUST study on stressors, risk and resilience factors, and symptoms of adjustment disorder – Study design and first results from eleven countries. Symposium at the Virtual Conference of the European Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (ESTSS) 2021, Trauma and Mental Health during the Global Pandemic, Andijk, The Netherlands.

Coping and adjustment across Europe during the pandemic

Lotzin, A. (2021, May). Coping and adjustment across Europe during the pandemic. Presentation at the Swedish Society for Traumatic Stress Studies Annual Meeting “Research on psychosocial aspects of the COVID-19 pandemic”, Gothenburg, Sweden.

The ESTSS COVID-19 Study – Initial results and lessons learned from a pan-European research collaboration

Lotzin, A. (2021, April). The ESTSS COVID-19 Study – Initial results and lessons learned from a pan-European research collaboration. Invited presentation at: J. Javakhishvili & Kleber, R (Chairs) European Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (ESTSS) 2021 Young Minds School (YMS) “Contemporary Tendencies in Research and Clinical Practice in Psychotraumatology”, ESTSS.

2020

The ESTSS pan-European cohort study on stressors, risk and resilience factors and symptoms of adjustment disorder during the COVID-19 pandemic – First results from ten countries

Lotzin, A., Lueger-Schuster, B., Ajdukovic, D., Javakhishvili, J. D., & Schäfer, I. (2020, March). The ESTSS pan-European cohort study on stressors, risk and resilience factors and symptoms of adjustment disorder during the COVID-19 pandemic – First results from ten countries. In A. Lotzin & D. Ajdukovic (Chairs): Stressors, risk and resilience factors and symptoms of adjustment disorder during the COVID-19 pandemic – The European Society for Traumatic Stress Studies pan-European cohort study. Symposium at the 23th Annual Conference of the German-speaking Society for Psychotraumatology (DeGPT), Würzburg, Germany. 

Risk and resilience factors in adjusting to the pandemic – Initial findings from Austria and Germany

Lueger-Schuster, B., Zrnić, I., Knefel, M., Schäfer, I., Böttche, M., Lotzin, A. (2020, March). Risk and resilience factors in adjusting to the pandemic – Initial findings from Austria and Germany. In A. Lotzin & D. Ajdukovic (Chairs): Stressors, risk and resilience factors and symptoms of adjustment disorder during the COVID-19 pandemic – The European Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (ESTSS) pan-European cohort study. Virtual symposium at the 23th Annual Conference of the German-speaking Society for Psychotraumatology (DeGPT), Würzburg, Germany.

Completed Master and Bachelor Theses

Team Germany

Laura Eggert (Master thesis Psychology, MSH Medical School Hamburg, 04/2022 – 08/2022): Depressive symptoms in people living alone during the COVID-19 pandemic: Does social support make a difference?

Hebun Welat Pasin (Master thesis Psychology, MSH Medical School Hamburg, 04/2022 – 08/2022): Das psychische Wohlbefinden während der COVID-19-Pandemie – Ein Vergleich zwischen MigrantInnen und Nicht-MigrantInnen [Psychological well-being during the COVID-19 pandemic – A comparison between migrants and non-migrants]

Anneke Johanna Puttfarcken (Master thesis Psychology, MSH Medical School Hamburg, 04/2022 – 08/2022): Welche Rolle spielt die Wohnsituation bei der psychischen Gesundheit während der COVID-19 Pandemie? [What role does housing play in mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic?]

Tabea Elisabeth Brödel (Master thesis Psychology, Universität University Oldenburg, 04/2021 – 02/2022): Associations of COVID-19 related stressors with the coping strategy of using substances

Laura Kenntemich (Master thesis Psychology, University of Hamburg, 04/2021 – 10/2021): Profiles of coping behaviors during the COVID-19 pandemic and associations with well-being - A latent profile analysis

Team Lithuania

Julija Anužytė (Bachelor Thesis, Vilnius university): Relationships between adverse childhood experiences, psychological resilience and suicidal ideation

Team Sweden

Olivia Bernardsson (Master thesis, Psychology, Jan 2022) Association between ACEs and mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic: A longitudinal survey [Swedish].

Ongoing Master and Bachelor Theses

Team Germany

Kaenaat Khan (Master thesis Neuropsychology, Maastricht University, since 02/2022). “A global health crisis meets the vulnerability of older age: A study examining the relationships between risk factors, loneliness and depressive symptoms during the COVID-19 pandemic in older people”

Team Austria

Sarah Fuchs (Master Thesis): The relation between coping behavior and symptoms of adjustment disorder during the COVID-19 pandemic in Austria (working title)

Katharina Goeden (Master Thesis): The influence of pandemic-related stressors on gender differences in adjustment disorder during the first wave of the Covid-19 pandemic in Austria (working title).

Team Croatia

Juraj Sušek (Master Thesis, Department of Psychology, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Zagreb, Zagreb, Croatia): Perceptions of positive and negative aspects of the pandemic - qualitative (working title)

Ivan Kranjčić (Master Thesis, Department of Psychology, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Zagreb, Zagreb, Croatia): Interaction effect of sociodemographic variables and Covid-19 related stressors in adjustment disorder prediction through different stages of the pandemic

Team Greece

Niki Adam (Master Thesis): The early developmental trauma and the associations with the new health stressor COVID-19 (working title)

Team Lithuania

Rasa Jokubauskaitė, (Bachelor Thesis, Vilnius University): The relationship between COVID-19 pandemic-related stressors and adjustment problems

Team Netherlands

Vitalia Wagner (Master thesis): COVID-19 Pandemic: Are women at risk for adjustment disorder symptoms because of conflicts, stay-at-home burden, and violence?

Team Poland

Nadia Nagórka (Master Thesis, University of Warsaw): Experience of trauma and social support for elderly people during the COVID-19 pandemic (working title)

Team Portugal

Beatriz Ramos (Master Thesis): Post-traumatic stress disorder and adjustment disorder among COVID-19 infected adults and their relatives / acquaintances (working title)

Inês Moço (Master Thesis): A pandemic: From suffer to growth (working title)

Rita Severino (Master Thesis): Adjustment disorder during the COVID-19 pandemic: the role of coping mechanisms and mental disorders (working title)

Peer-reviewed Journal Articles

2022

Perceptions of the positive consequences at the beginning of the pandemic

Ajduković, M., Rezo Bagarić, I., & Ajduković, D. (2022). Is there anything good about the COVID-19 pandemic? Perceptions of the positive consequences at the beginning of the pandemic. Psihologijske teme31(1), 1-25.

Qualitative analysis of daily uplifts during 14 days of the pandemic in Sweden

Eklund R, Bondjers K, Hensler I, Bragesjö M, Johannesson KB, Arnberg FK, Sveen J. (2022). Daily uplifts during the COVID-19 pandemic: what is considered helpful in everyday life? BMC Public Health. 22(1), 1-10. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12889-022-12506-4.

Associations between past childhood adversity and psychopathology

Jernslett, M., Anastassiou-Hadjicharalambous, X., Lioupi, C., Syros, I., Kapatais, A., Karamanoli, V., Evgeniou, E., Messas, K., Palaiokosta, A., Papathanasiou, E.  & Lotzin, A. (2022). Disentangling the associations between past childhood adversity and psychopathology during the COVID-19 pandemic: The mediating roles of specific pandemic stressors and coping strategies. Child Abuse & Neglect, 129, 105673. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.chiabu.2022.105673

Associations between individual profiles of coping behaviour and well-being in Germany

Kenntemich, L., von Hülsen, L., Schäfer, I., Böttcher, M., & Lotzin, A. Coping profiles and differences in well-being during the COVID-19 pandemic: A latent profile analysis. Stress & Health.

Study protocol on longitudinal classes of post-traumatic stress disorder, adjustment disorder, and well-being in the Netherlands

Lenferink L. I. M., Mouthaan J., Fritz, A. M., Soydas, S., Eidhof, M., Van Hoof, M-J., Groen, S. P. M, & Mooren, T. T. M. (2022). Predicting transitions between longitudinal classes of posttraumatic stress disorder, adjustment disorder and wellbeing during the COVID-19 pandemic: protocol of a latent transition model in a general Dutch sample. BMJ Open, 12, e055696. https://doi:10.1136/ bmjopen-2021-055696

Psychometric paper on the factorial validity and reliability of the Pandemic Coping Scale (PCS) developed for this project

Lotzin, A., Ketelsen, R., Krause, L., Ozga, A.-K., B.,  Böttche, M., & Schäfer, I. (2022). The Pandemic Coping Scale – validity and reliability of a brief measure of coping during a pandemic. Health Psychology and Behavioral Medicine, 10(1), 762-785. https://doi.org/10.1080/21642850.2022.2112198

Psychometric paper on the factorial validity and reliability of the Pandemic Stressor Scale (PaSS) developed for this project

Lotzin, A., Ketelsen, R., Zrnić, I., Lueger-Schuster, B., Böttche, M., & Schäfer, I. (2022). The Pandemic Stressor Scale: factorial validity and reliability of a measure of stressors during a pandemic. BMC Psychology10(1), 1-13. https://doi.org/10.1186/s40359-022-00790-z

Risk and protective factors for PTSD in trauma-exposed individuals

Annett Lotzin, Linda Krause, Elena Acquarini, Dean Ajdukovic, Xenia Anastassiou-Hadjicharalambous, Vittoria Ardino, Kristina Bondjers, Maria Böttche, Małgorzata Dragan, Margarida Figueiredo-Braga, Odeta Gelezelyte, Piotr Grajewski, Jana Darejan Javakhishvili, Evaldas Kazlauskas, Lonneke Lenferink, Chrysanthi Lioupi, Brigitte Lueger-Schuster, Trudy Mooren, Luisa Sales, Aleksandra Stevanovic, Josefin Sveen, Lela Tsiskarishvili, Irina Zrnic Novakovic, Ingo Schäfer & ADJUST Study Consortium (2022) Risk and protective factors for posttraumatic stress disorder in trauma-exposed individuals during the COVID-19 pandemic – findings from a pan-European study, European Journal of Psychotraumatology,13:2,  DOI: 10.1080/20008066.2022.2138099

Longitudinal analysis of mental health outcomes and coping behaviors in Austria

Lueger-Schuster, B., Zrnić Novaković, I., & Lotzin, A. (2022). Two years of COVID-19 in Austria — Exploratory longitudinal study of mental health outcomes and coping behaviors in the general population. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 19(13), 8223. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph19138223

Depressive symptoms, stressors and coping in cities compared to towns

Meyer, C., El-Haj-Mohamad, R., Stammel, N., Lotzin, A., Schäfer, I., Knaevelsrud, C., and Böttche, M. (2022). Associations of depressive symptoms, COVID-19-related stressors, and coping strategies. A comparison between cities and towns in Germany. Frontiers in Psychiatry, 12, 791312. https://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyt.2021.791312

Qualitative study on pandemic-related experiences in Austria, Croatia, Georgia, Greece, Poland and Portugal

Zrnić Novaković, I., Lueger-Schuster, B., Verginer, L., Bakić, H., Ajduković, D., Borges, C., Figueiredo-Braga, M., Javakhishvili, J. Darejan, Tsiskarishvili, L., Dragan, M., Nagórka, N., Anastassiou-Hadjicharalambous, X., Lioupi, C., & Lotzin, A. (2022). You can’t do anything about it, but you can make the best of it: A qualitative analysis of pandemic-related experiences in six European countries. European Journal of Psychotraumatology, 13(1), 2065431. https://doi.org/10.1080/20008198.2022.2065431

2021

Predictors of suicide ideation in Lithuania and Poland

Gelezelyte, O., Dragan, M, Grajewski, P., Kvedaraite, M., Lotzin, A., Skrodzka, M,  Nomeikaite, A., & Kazlauskas, E. (2021). Predictors of suicide ideation in Lithuania and Poland amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The Journal of Crisis Intervention and Suicide Prevention. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1027/0227-5910/a000814

Cross-sectional results on the relationships between risk and protective factors, stressors, and symptoms of adjustment disorder

Lotzin, A., Krause, L., Acquarini, E., Ajdukovic, D., Ardino, V., Arnberg, F., Böttche, M., Bragesjö, M., Dragan, M., & Figueiredo-Braga, M. (2021). Risk and protective factors, stressors, and symptoms of adjustment disorder during the COVID-19 pandemic–First results of the ESTSS COVID-19 pan-European ADJUST study. European Journal of Psychotraumatology, 12(1), 1964197.

2020

Study protocol of the ESTSS ADJUST study

Lotzin, A., Acquarini, E., Ajdukovic, D., Ardino, V., Böttche, M., Bondjers, K., Bragesjö, M., Dragan, M., Grajewski, P., Figueiredo-Braga, M., Gelezelyte, O., Javakhishvili, J. D., Kazlauskas, E., Knefel, M., Lueger-Schuster, B., Makhashvili, N., Mooren, T., Sales, L., Stevanovic, A., & Schäfer, I. (2020). Stressors, coping and symptoms of adjustment disorder in the course of the COVID-19 pandemic – study protocol of the European Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (ESTSS) pan-European study. European Journal of Psychotraumatology, 11(1), 1780832. https://doi.org/10.1080/20008198.2020.1780832

Conference Presentations

2022

Pandemic related experiences across six European countries – Is there a silver lining?

Zrnić Novaković, I. (2022, February). Pandemic related experiences across six European countries – Is there a silver lining? Presentation at the interdisciplinary conference VDS CoBeNe PhD Academy, Vienna, Austria.

2021

The ESTSS pan-European COVID-19 Cohort Study on stressors, risk and resilience factors, and symptoms of adjustment disorder – Study design and first results from eleven countries

Lotzin, A., Kazlauskas, E., & Javakshivili, J. (2021, November). The ESTSS pan-European COVID-19 Cohort Study on stressors, risk and resilience factors, and symptoms of adjustment disorder – Study design and first results from eleven countries. In: E. Kazlauskas (Chair): Mental health and adjustment to the COVID-19 pandemic in Europe: Findings of the ESTSS ADJUST study. Panel discussion at the Virtual Conference ISTSS 37th Annual Meeting, November 2 – 5, 2021, Chicago, IL.

Double adversity and mental health: COVID-19 pandemic and earthquake disaster

Ajdukovic, D., Rezo Bagaric, I., Stevanovic, A., Franciskovic, T., Bakic, H., Ajdukovic, M. (2021, June). Double adversity and mental health: COVID-19 pandemic and earthquake disaster. In J.D. Javakhishvili (Chair): Exploring the Mental Health Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic: The Role of Current Stressors, Double Exposure and Previous Traumatic Experiences. Symposium at the Virtual Conference of the European Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (ESTSS) 2021, Trauma and Mental Health during the Global Pandemic, Andjik, The Netherlands.

Daily uplifts during the COVID-19 pandemic: What is considered helpful in everyday life?

Eklund, R., Arnberg, F., Hensler, I., Bergh Johannesson, K., Maria, B., Bondjers, K., & Sveen, J. (2021, June). Daily uplifts during the COVID-19 pandemic: What is considered helpful in everyday life? Oral presentation at the Virtual Conference of the European Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (ESTSS) 2021, Trauma and Mental Health during the Global Pandemic, Andijk, The Netherlands.

Exposure to media pandemic coverage, psychological burden, and perception of health services efficiency

Figueiredo-Braga, M., Andringa, D., Dias, A., Borges, C., Becker, J., Veloso, J., Lotzin, A., Sales, L. (2021, June). Exposure to media pandemic coverage, psychological burden, and perception of health services efficiency. Oral presentation at the Virtual Conference of the European Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (ESTSS) 2021, Trauma and Mental Health during the Global Pandemic, Andijk, The Netherlands.

The burden of adverse childhood experiences when coping and adjust to COVID 19 pandemic

Figueiredo-Braga, M., Dias A., Becker, J., Veloso, J., Sales, L., Lotzin, A., Acquarini, E., Ardino, V., Arnberg, F., Böttche, M,, Bragesjö, M., Hadjicharalambous, X., Dragan, M., Gelezelyte, O., Grajewski, P., Javakhishvili, J. D., Kazlauskas, E., Lioupi, C., Lueger-Schuster, B., Tsiskarishvili, L., Mooren, T., Stevanovic, A., Zrnić, I., Schäfer, I. (2021, June). The burden of adverse childhood experiences when coping and adjust to COVID 19 pandemic.  In J. D. Javakhishvili (Chair): Exploring the mental health impact of the COVID-19 pandemic: The role of current stressors, double exposure and previous traumatic experiences. ESTSS Pan-European COVID-19 study findings. Symposium at the Virtual Conference of the European Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (ESTSS) 2021, Trauma and Mental Health during the Global Pandemic, Andijk, The Netherlands.

The role of adjustment problems and pandemic-related stressors on suicide ideation: A general population study in Lithuania and Poland amid the COVID-19 pandemic

Gelezelyte, O., Dragan, M., Grajewski, P., Kvedaraite, M., Lotzin, A., Skrodzka, M., Nomeikaite, A., & Kazlauskas, E. (2021, June). The role of adjustment problems and pandemic-related stressors on suicide ideation: A general population study in Lithuania and Poland amid the COVID-19 pandemic. In J. D. Javakhishvili (Chair): Exploring the mental health impact of the COVID-19 pandemic: The role of current stressors, double exposure and previous traumatic experiences. ESTSS Pan-European COVID-19 study findings. Symposium at the Virtual Conference of the European Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (ESTSS) 2021, Trauma and Mental Health during the Global Pandemic, Andijk, The Netherlands.

Latent classes of posttraumatic stress disorder, adjustment disorder, and wellbeing during the COVID-19 pandemic in over 10,000 people across 11 European countries

Lenferink, L. I. M., Mouthaan, J., Soydas, S., Mooren, R., Lotzin, A., Acquarini, E., Ajdukovic, D., Ardino, V., Arnberg, F., Böttche, M., Bragesjö, M., Dragan, M., Figueiredo-Braga, M., Gelezelyte, O., Grajewski, P. Hadjicharalambous, X., Javakhishvili, J. D., Kazlauskas,E.,  Lioupi, C., Lueger-Schuster, B., Makhashvili, N., Mooren, T., Sales, L., Zrnić, I., Stevanovic, A., & Schäfer, I,  (2021, June). Latent classes of posttraumatic stress disorder, adjustment disorder, and wellbeing during the COVID-19 pandemic in over 10,000 people across 11 European countries. In E. Kazlauskas (Chair): The ESTSS pan-European COVID-19 ADJUST study on stressors, risk and resilience factors, and symptoms of adjustment disorder. Symposium at the Virtual Conference of the European Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (ESTSS) 2021, Trauma and Mental Health during the Global Pandemic, Andijk, The Netherlands.

The ESTSS pan-European COVID-19 ADJUST study on stressors, risk and resilience factors, and symptoms of adjustment disorder

Lotzin, A., Aakvaag, H., Acquarini, E., Ajdukovic, D., Ardino, V., Arnberg, F., Bakic, H., Böttche, M., Bragesjö, M., Dragan, Figueiredo-Braga, M., Gelezelyte, O., Grajewski, P., Hadjicharalambous, X., Javakhishvili, J. D., Kazlauskas,E.,  Lioupi, C., Lueger-Schuster, B., Makhashvili, N., Mooren, T., Sales, L., Zrnić, I., & Schäfer, I. (2021, June). The ESTSS pan-European COVID-19 cohort study on stressors, risk and resilience factors, and symptoms of adjustment disorder – Study design and first results from eleven countries. In E. Kazlauskas (Chair): The ESTSS pan-European COVID-19 ADJUST study on stressors, risk and resilience factors, and symptoms of adjustment disorder. Symposium at the Virtual Conference of the European Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (ESTSS) 2021, Trauma and Mental Health during the Global Pandemic, Andijk, The Netherlands.

Does being "the new student" matter? Findings on mental health of novice students during the COVID-19 pandemic

Mouthaan, J., Kivelä, L., Lenferink, L., Antypa, N., van Hoof, M., Mooren, T. (2021, June).Does being "the new student" matter? Findings on mental health of novice students during the COVID-19 pandemic. In J. Mouthaan (Chair): Taking care of our students: How the COVID-19 pandemic affects student mental health and wellbeing and how to intervene. Symposium at the Virtual Conference of the European Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (ESTSS) 2021, Trauma and Mental Health during the Global Pandemic, Andijk, The Netherlands.

Comparable levels of grief and posttraumatic stress after death due to COVID-19 and after other causes during the pandemic in Sweden

Sveen, J., Arnberg, F., Hensler, I., Bragesjö, M., Eklund, R., Johannesson, K. B., & Bondjers, K. (2021, June). Comparable levels of grief and posttraumatic stress after death due to COVID-19 and after other causes during the pandemic in Sweden. Poster presentation at the Virtual Conference of the European Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (ESTSS) 2021, Trauma and Mental Health during the Global Pandemic, Andijk, The Netherlands.

Feelings, thoughts, and challenges amidst the COVID-19 pandemic – A qualitative approach

Zrnić, I., Lueger-Schuster, B., Figueiredo-Braga, M., Sales, L., Javakhishvili, J.D., Tsiskarishvili, L., & Lotzin, A. (2021, June). Feelings, thoughts and challenges amidst the COVID-19 pandemic – A qualitative approach. In E. Kazlauskas (Chair): The ESTSS pan-European COVID-19 ADJUST study on stressors, risk and resilience factors, and symptoms of adjustment disorder – Study design and first results from eleven countries. Symposium at the Virtual Conference of the European Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (ESTSS) 2021, Trauma and Mental Health during the Global Pandemic, Andijk, The Netherlands.

Coping and adjustment across Europe during the pandemic

Lotzin, A. (2021, May). Coping and adjustment across Europe during the pandemic. Presentation at the Swedish Society for Traumatic Stress Studies Annual Meeting “Research on psychosocial aspects of the COVID-19 pandemic”, Gothenburg, Sweden.

The ESTSS COVID-19 Study – Initial results and lessons learned from a pan-European research collaboration

Lotzin, A. (2021, April). The ESTSS COVID-19 Study – Initial results and lessons learned from a pan-European research collaboration. Invited presentation at: J. Javakhishvili & Kleber, R (Chairs) European Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (ESTSS) 2021 Young Minds School (YMS) “Contemporary Tendencies in Research and Clinical Practice in Psychotraumatology”, ESTSS.

2020

The ESTSS pan-European cohort study on stressors, risk and resilience factors and symptoms of adjustment disorder during the COVID-19 pandemic – First results from ten countries

Lotzin, A., Lueger-Schuster, B., Ajdukovic, D., Javakhishvili, J. D., & Schäfer, I. (2020, March). The ESTSS pan-European cohort study on stressors, risk and resilience factors and symptoms of adjustment disorder during the COVID-19 pandemic – First results from ten countries. In A. Lotzin & D. Ajdukovic (Chairs): Stressors, risk and resilience factors and symptoms of adjustment disorder during the COVID-19 pandemic – The European Society for Traumatic Stress Studies pan-European cohort study. Symposium at the 23th Annual Conference of the German-speaking Society for Psychotraumatology (DeGPT), Würzburg, Germany. 

Risk and resilience factors in adjusting to the pandemic – Initial findings from Austria and Germany

Lueger-Schuster, B., Zrnić, I., Knefel, M., Schäfer, I., Böttche, M., Lotzin, A. (2020, March). Risk and resilience factors in adjusting to the pandemic – Initial findings from Austria and Germany. In A. Lotzin & D. Ajdukovic (Chairs): Stressors, risk and resilience factors and symptoms of adjustment disorder during the COVID-19 pandemic – The European Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (ESTSS) pan-European cohort study. Virtual symposium at the 23th Annual Conference of the German-speaking Society for Psychotraumatology (DeGPT), Würzburg, Germany.

Completed Master and Bachelor Theses

Team Germany

Laura Eggert (Master thesis Psychology, MSH Medical School Hamburg, 04/2022 – 08/2022): Depressive symptoms in people living alone during the COVID-19 pandemic: Does social support make a difference?

Hebun Welat Pasin (Master thesis Psychology, MSH Medical School Hamburg, 04/2022 – 08/2022): Das psychische Wohlbefinden während der COVID-19-Pandemie – Ein Vergleich zwischen MigrantInnen und Nicht-MigrantInnen [Psychological well-being during the COVID-19 pandemic – A comparison between migrants and non-migrants]

Anneke Johanna Puttfarcken (Master thesis Psychology, MSH Medical School Hamburg, 04/2022 – 08/2022): Welche Rolle spielt die Wohnsituation bei der psychischen Gesundheit während der COVID-19 Pandemie? [What role does housing play in mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic?]

Tabea Elisabeth Brödel (Master thesis Psychology, Universität University Oldenburg, 04/2021 – 02/2022): Associations of COVID-19 related stressors with the coping strategy of using substances

Laura Kenntemich (Master thesis Psychology, University of Hamburg, 04/2021 – 10/2021): Profiles of coping behaviors during the COVID-19 pandemic and associations with well-being - A latent profile analysis

Team Lithuania

Julija Anužytė (Bachelor Thesis, Vilnius university): Relationships between adverse childhood experiences, psychological resilience and suicidal ideation

Team Sweden

Olivia Bernardsson (Master thesis, Psychology, Jan 2022) Association between ACEs and mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic: A longitudinal survey [Swedish].

Ongoing Master and Bachelor Theses

Team Germany

Kaenaat Khan (Master thesis Neuropsychology, Maastricht University, since 02/2022). “A global health crisis meets the vulnerability of older age: A study examining the relationships between risk factors, loneliness and depressive symptoms during the COVID-19 pandemic in older people”

Team Austria

Sarah Fuchs (Master Thesis): The relation between coping behavior and symptoms of adjustment disorder during the COVID-19 pandemic in Austria (working title)

Katharina Goeden (Master Thesis): The influence of pandemic-related stressors on gender differences in adjustment disorder during the first wave of the Covid-19 pandemic in Austria (working title).

Team Croatia

Juraj Sušek (Master Thesis, Department of Psychology, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Zagreb, Zagreb, Croatia): Perceptions of positive and negative aspects of the pandemic - qualitative (working title)

Ivan Kranjčić (Master Thesis, Department of Psychology, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Zagreb, Zagreb, Croatia): Interaction effect of sociodemographic variables and Covid-19 related stressors in adjustment disorder prediction through different stages of the pandemic

Team Greece

Niki Adam (Master Thesis): The early developmental trauma and the associations with the new health stressor COVID-19 (working title)

Team Lithuania

Rasa Jokubauskaitė, (Bachelor Thesis, Vilnius University): The relationship between COVID-19 pandemic-related stressors and adjustment problems

Team Netherlands

Vitalia Wagner (Master thesis): COVID-19 Pandemic: Are women at risk for adjustment disorder symptoms because of conflicts, stay-at-home burden, and violence?

Team Poland

Nadia Nagórka (Master Thesis, University of Warsaw): Experience of trauma and social support for elderly people during the COVID-19 pandemic (working title)

Team Portugal

Beatriz Ramos (Master Thesis): Post-traumatic stress disorder and adjustment disorder among COVID-19 infected adults and their relatives / acquaintances (working title)

Inês Moço (Master Thesis): A pandemic: From suffer to growth (working title)

Rita Severino (Master Thesis): Adjustment disorder during the COVID-19 pandemic: the role of coping mechanisms and mental disorders (working title)