Study goals and benefits

The choice and usage of psychodiagnostic instruments is a central component of the involved research projects. Since the different research groups are dealing with refugees from various backgrounds, the planned studies will use different language versions of psychodiagnostic tools for different target areas (depression, anxiety, PTSD, etc.) and age groups. Accordingly, the cross-sectional project KS-Diagnostics pursues the following goals:

  • bundling and sharing of expertise
  • definition and implementation of common standards for culturally sensitive diagnostic
  • alignment of instruments across projects and the sharing of already existing validated instruments
  • usage of the resulting data from the projects for further psychometric validation analyses

Based on the goals described above, KS-Diagnostik aims to promote the development, validation and dissemination of an economic and valid diagnostic practice. Thus, (1) a culturally sensitive assessment of the need for psychosocial or psychotherapeutic care, (2) the evaluation of psychotherapeutic interventions for refugees in Germany and, in the long term, (3) the implementation of new research standards in the field of culturally sensitive diagnostics are intended to be achieved.


M.Sc. Antje Schönfelder 
+49 341 9718801

Universität Leipzig
Medizinische Fakultät
Abteilung für Medizinische Psychologie und Medizinische Soziologie
Philipp-Rosenthal-Straße 55     
04103 Leipzig

Universität Leipzig

Study results

Science & Practice

  • Provision of psychometrically tested instruments for the assessment of mental distress in refugees
  • Validated diagnostic tools to identify the objective and subjective needs for psychosocial or psychotherapeutic treatment of refugees

Professional and general public

  • General, scientifically based information transfer about culturally sensitive diagnostic when working with mentally burdened refugees
  • conference contributions and publications in professional journals for sharing the main findings of the project


Prof. Dr. Heide Glaesmer, Universität Leipzig – Medizinische Fakultät
M. Sc. Antje Schönfelder, Universität Leipzig – Medizinische Fakultät


Project Duration

2019 – 2024 (60 months)