Rolf Meermann

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The significance of the disturbed body image as a psychopathological phenomenon in anorexia nervosa patients is quite evident to clinicians. It appears to be difficult, however, to assess this disturbance in a more objective way. The studies on body image perception discussed here make use of objective psychometric methods of measurement: image marking(More)
OBJECTIVE Given the lack of maintenance interventions for eating disorders, a program delivered via the short message service (SMS) and text messaging was developed to support patients after their discharge from inpatient treatment. METHOD The efficacy of the intervention was studied in a randomized controlled trial. Additionally, its impact on the(More)
The purpose of the present study was to assess body perception in eating disorders and its meaning in therapy. A total of 44 patients, 25 bulimia nervosa and 19 anorexia nervosa, admitted at a specialized in-patient treatment center participated in the present study. Body size estimation procedures (video-distortion and image-marking techniques) and(More)
After its first description in 1873, anorexia nervosa seems not to have attracted much attention in countries of German language. Compared to French and English literature, German publications on the subject were rather scarce in the 19th century. This article gives an overview of those writings and an explanation of the lack of interest on the part of the(More)
Stress-related affective disorders have been identified as a core health problem of the twenty-first century. In the endeavor to identify vulnerability factors, personality has been discussed as a major factor explaining and predicting disorders like depression or burnout. An unsolved question is whether there are specific personality factors allowing(More)
In this study, the influencing factors of different durations of in-patient therapy were examined. We investigated 1173 patients with anxiety disorders who were treated in the psychosomatic clinic of Bad Pyrmont with behavioural therapy. Patients with anxiety disorders have an average treatment duration of 52.4 days with a minimum of less than one week and(More)
The results of a study evaluating the practicability of two newly-developed documentation forms are presented (n = 336 inpatient psychosomatic-psychotherapeutic treatment episodes in 8 clinics). Parallel versions of the forms were completed by patients and therapists. The "ErgeDoku-A-Form" allows for the naming of up to five therapy goals determined at the(More)
In the patient unit of the University Clinic for Psychiatry at Kortenberg (K.U. Leuven) Belgium and in the Psychosomatic Hospital Bad Pyrmont, which specialises in the treatment of anorexia nervosa, a great deal of attention is given to the evaluation of body image via the video-distortion technique, the video-confrontation technique and the body attitude(More)
The increasing cost of medical overconsumption is partially due to the physicians' neglect in everyday clinical practice of the intrinsic gratification of the sick role in our society. Many health care providers do not seem to realize that their intervention as experts in the patient's personal life inevitably implies they are becoming part of the ongoing(More)