Ulm University

The focus of the sub-project at the Department of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy II at the University of Ulm are unwanted pregnancies in women with psychological stress. On the one hand, psychologically stressed women are confronted with special challenges and risks in dealing with an unwanted pregnancy. On the other hand, an unwanted pregnancy can produce or intensify psychological stress.

We first assess the psychological stress of women with unintended pregnancies and related contextual factors using standardized instruments. Based on this, we conduct biographical narrative interviews with a subsample of affected women in order to better understand the complex life situations and the handling of an unintended pregnancy as well as the special support needs.


Prof. Dr. Silvia Krumm


Sociologist, head of the working group Qualitative Research in Social Psychiatry at the Department of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy II at the University of Ulm. Research interests include gender, childbearing and parenthood, violence, peer work. 

Dr. Susanne Jaeger


Dr. Susanne Jaeger has been working as a research associate with changing research projects in the team of care research Weissenau of the ZfP Südwürttemberg / Clinic for Psychiatry and Psychotherapy I at the University of Ulm since 2005. Her foci are quality of life of people with mental illness, the effects of psychosocial support services, patient autonomy and coercive experience.

Dr. Yamara Wessling


Yamara-Monika Wessling, Magistra Artium in Ethnology, studied and taught at the University of Mainz. For her doctoral project, she lived in East African Rwanda for 16 months and researched the connections between gender and social classes. Within the ELSA PSY project at the University of Ulm, she now conducts qualitative research on unintended pregnancies among women with psychological distress. Her thematic focus is gender, sexuality, social inequality and biography.

Sophia Just

student assistant

Sophia Just is a Bachelor student of psychology at the University of Ulm. Since 2021, she has been supporting the ELSA PSY project at the Department of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy II at the University of Ulm as a research assistant.

Anabel Becker


Anabel Becker is a Master student of Gender Studies at the University of Freiburg. She is writing her Master's thesis as part of the ELSA PSY project. For her Bachelor's degree, she studied German and Psychology with a focus on language, gender, sexuality, sexualized violence and migration.

Stephanie Göbel


Stephanie Göbel is a Master student of social work at the FH Mittweida. She is writing a review paper through the ELSA PSY focusing on abortion and psychological distress. She completed her Bachelor's degree in cultural studies. She also contributes many years of experience in psychiatric care as a health care and nursing professional.

Saskia Soysal


Saskia Soysal is a Master's student at the Department of Social Work and Health at Kiel UAS. In her Bachelor's degree, she studied educational sciences and ethnology with a focus on sexualized violence, dissociative identity structure and cultural identities. In the ELSA PSY project, she is conducting research on unwanted pregnancies among women with mental illness.