Aims and benefits

Subproject A3 aims to (1) close the existing gap in the mental health care of adolescent refugees in Germany and (2) gain empirical knowledge about the mental health of refugees. So far, little research has been done on this study population and available findings are scarce and heterogeneous.

The feasibility and effectiveness of the adapted eight-week START program for adolescents and young adults will be examined by continuous data collection over a total period of eleven month. Finally, the extent and sustainability of psychosocial symptom improvements and the implementation of adaptive stress processing mechanisms is evaluated.

Study procedures

The following timeline illustrates the progress of the efficacy study. 

Baseline Assessment
8-week waiting-period
T1 Assessment
Week 1-8 of the intervention
T2 Assessment
4-week waiting period
T3 Assessment following the booster session in week 12
6-month waiting period
T4 Follow-up assessment


Lisa Mader (M.Sc. Psychologin)

+49 6131 17 6148

Universitätsmedizin Heidelberg


Univ.-Prof. Dr. Manfred E. Beutel
Dr. Klaus Wölfling

Klinik und Poliklinik für Psychosomatische Medizin und Psychotherapie
Universitätsmedizin der Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz

Project Duration

Until the beginning of 2022