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Lena Walther


Charité Universitätsmedizin Berlin

AFFIN (Affektive und Kulturelle Dimensionen von Integration in Folge von Flucht und Zuwanderung)


Lena Walther is a research associate at the Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin. She works within a BMBF-funded collaboration ("Affective and cultural dimensions of integration following flight and migration" (AFFIN)), conducting research on the relationship between integration and psychological well-being among refugees. The AFFIN project, which has been running since January 2018 and includes further sub-projects at the Freie Universität Berlin, the German Institute for Economic Research, and the Georg-August Universität of Göttingen, primarily uses secondary analyses of the IAB-BAMF-SOEP refugee survey and other SOEP surveys, as well as primary analyses of its own qualitative study to examine various subjective dimensions of integration. In 2017, before starting her work in Charité's AFFIN sub-project, Lena Walther worked on the project grant proposal and on preliminary analyses for AFFIN within the SFB “Affective Societies” at the Institute for Sociology at the Freie Universität Berlin.

Walther, L., Kröger, H., Tibubos, A.N., Ta, T.M.M.T., von Scheve, C., Schupp, J., Hahn, E., Bajbouj, M. (2020). Psychological distress among refugees in Germany – A representative study on individual and contextual risk factors and the potential consequences of poor mental health for integration in the host country. BMJ Open. 10:e033658.

Walther, L., Fuchs, L. M., Schupp, J., & von Scheve, C. (2020). Living Conditions and the Mental Health and Well-being of Refugees: Evidence from a Large-Scale German Survey. Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health, 1-11.