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BACKGROUND Body dysmorphic disorder (BDD) is a highly distressing and impairing disorder characterized by a preoccupation with imagined or slight physical defects in appearance. Well designed studies on its prevalence and on base rates for diagnostic criteria are rare. Therefore this study aimed to reveal prevalence rates of BDD in the general population(More)
BACKGROUND In Germany, preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD) is currently not legal, but there is still a controversial debate about legalization. Studies about the attitudes of infertile couples towards PGD are rare. METHODS A survey was conducted with 265 German infertile couples about knowledge, attitudes and prospective use of PGD. The influence of(More)
Health insurance funds in Germany are increasingly reluctant to fund the cost for reduction mammaplasty. However, several studies have already demonstrated the beneficial effects of breast reduction on symptom relief and health-related quality of life. More specifically, the psychologic and social consequences of breast reduction surgery were also recently(More)
It has been proposed that German basic psychology journals should change publication language to English in order to facilitate access to research from German-speaking countries. However, to truly increase the dissemination of German research, it seems crucial to progress towards an internationalization of authors and readers. We applied bibliometric(More)
BACKGROUND Pre-implantation genetic diagnosis (PGD) is a modern technique in reproductive medicine which can be used to diagnose genetic disorders of an embryo. PGD is currently not legal in Germany, still there are debates being held regarding the issue of legalization. Both the internationally "accepted" indications and new or alternative approaches can(More)
BACKGROUND In Germany, embryo screening programmes combined with elective embryo transfer are illegal, but there is controversial debate about their legalization. Studies about the attitudes of infertile couples towards multiples, elective embryo transfer and multifetal reduction may help to illuminate how this law shapes patient choices. METHODS A survey(More)
In the past, phenomenological research on subjective body experience was characterised by vaguely defined terminology and methodological shortcomings. The term "body image" has been applied heterogeneously in literature in order to describe a variety of bodily phenomena. In this paper, the German terminology applied to the phenomenology of body experiences(More)
OBJECTIVE The use of reproductive medical treatments has become increasingly routine in recent years. This paper reports on a study of how different aspects of modern reproductive medicine are perceived by the German population. DESIGN Findings from a nationally representative sample of 2110 men and women aged 18 to 50 are presented. Participants(More)
OBJECTIVES Basing on the recent discussion on internationalisation of German research publications, the most recent volume of "Das Gesundheitswesen" was bibliometrically analysed. METHODS 125 articles were compared with respect to citing sources, the rate of self-citations, the number of times English or German journals or books were cited in the year(More)
OBJECTIVES The purpose of the investigation was to explore the body image disturbance of anorexics and in-vitro-fertilization patients (IvF-patients) with Body Grid and Body Identity Plot. METHODS The paper reports on an empirical study conducted with 32 anorexic patients and 30 IvF-patients. The structure of the body image was derived from the Body Grid,(More)