ARQ Centrum’45 (en)


Testosterone in human studies : Modest associations between plasma and salivary measurements


Testosterone is involved in many processes like aggression and mood disorders. As it may easily diffuse from blood into saliva, salivary testosterone is thought to reflect plasma free testosterone level. If so, it would provide a welcome noninvasive and less stressful alternative to blood sampling. Past research did not reveal consensus regarding the strength of the association, but sample sizes were small. This study aimed to analyse the association in a large cohort.

Disturbed grief : prolonged grief disorder and persistent complex bereavement disorder

What you need to know

  • When confronted with the death of a loved one, most people experience transient rather than persistent distress, and do not develop a mental health condition.

  • Bereavement, specifically the sudden, unexpected death of a loved one is associated with an elevated risk for multiple psychiatric disorders.

  • Consider prolonged grief disorder (PGD) in people with ongoing separation distress beyond the first six to 12 months of bereavement.

Narrative Exposure Therapy: an evidence-based treatment for multiple and complex trauma

Narrative exposure therapy (NET) is a recently developed, short-term treatment for patients with a posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) as a result of multiple trauma. NET can be applied very successfully in patients with complex trauma complaints (Jongedijk, 2014, Schauer, Neuner, & Elbert, 2011). An important feature of NET is that trauma processing is never an isolated event but is always...

Narratieve Exposure Therapie: a Dutch congress. Amsterdam, March 21th 2014

In March, the first Dutch handbook on NET, Life Stories and Psychotrauma, will be published. On this occasion, Foundation Centrum '45 is organizing a symposium on NET. At the symposium, national and international experts will highlight the theme of life stories and psychological trauma from various angles in lectures and workshops. Speakers include Dr. Maggie Schauer and Professor Thomas Elbert (...

Memory traces of trauma: Neurocognitive aspects of and therapeutic approaches for posttraumatic stress disorder

In the Netherlands, 81% of the general population experiences at least one potentially traumatic event in their life, such as a traffic accident, assault, rape, or disaster. Around 7% of people fulfill the criteria for posttraumatic stress disorder at some point during their life. Certain details of the traumatic experience, such as the rifle of a gun, are remembered extensively by these...

Is legal status impacting outcomes of group therapy for posttraumatic stress disorder with male asylum seekers and refugees from Iran and Afghanistan?

BackgroundLegal status and other resettlement stressors are known to impact mental health of asylum seekers and refugees. However, the ways in which they interact with treatment of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) with these populations is still poorly understood. The aim of this study was to examine whether legal status and other resettlement stressors influence outcomes of a trauma-focused...

Growing Up Under a Shadow: Key Issues in Research on and Treatment of Children Born of Rape

Children born of wartime rape are particularly vulnerable and their case is complex as their needs intertwine with the needs of their mothers or their cultural community. To analyse the status of children born of rape and identify both risk factors and key issues, a systematic search among medical and psychological research articles was performed. In addition, historical, sociological and human...