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Current Projects

Menstruation Cycle and couple relationship dynamics.

Helpful and harmful practices: how counseling and therapy are experienced by trans* and inter* persons.

Couple Regulation in the Escape Room: Exploring the role of attachment and mentalizing for couple collaboration and dyadic coping.

Attachment and intimacy in polyamorous relationships.

Resonance in volunteers working with children, adolescents and young adults.

Couple relationships of sexually, relationally gender diverse populations.



Franz, S., Simon-Kutscher, K., Kunze, S., Bröning, S., Thomasius, R. (2022). Family help-seeking behavior during the COVID-19 pandemic and the shift to the digital space. SEEKS. (accepted)


Broning, S. & Brandt, M. (2022). Mindful Parenting - mindfulness in the parent-child relationship. Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Psychotherapy. (accepted).


Bröning, S. & Clüver, A. (2022) Learning from Corona for the future of family-friendly offers. A focus group study with parents and professionals. Prevention and health promotion (accepted).


Broning, S. & Gebhard, K. (2022). Foster children in early adolescence: parenting challenges and the influence of family of origin from the perspective of foster parents. forensic psychology. (accepted).

Bröning, S., & Wartberg, L. (2022). Attached to your smartphone? A dyadic perspective on perceived partner phubbing and attachment in long-term couple relationships. Computers in Human Behavior, 126, 106996.


Spindler, C., Trautmann, S., Alexander, N., Bröning, S., Bartscher, S., Stuppe, M., & Muehlhan, M. (2021). Meta-analysis of gray matter changes and their behavioral characterization in patients with alcohol use disorder. Scientific reports, 11(1), 1-15.


Wartberg, L., Broning, S., & Lindenberg, K. (2021). Problematic Gaming in Youth and Its Association with Different Dimensions of Quality of Life. Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Psychotherapy.


Arnaud, N., Baldus, C., Laurenz, LJ, Bröning, S., Brandt, M., Kunze, S., ... & IMAC-Mind Consortium. (2020). Does a mindfulness-augmented version of the German Strengthening Families Program reduce substance use in adolescents? Study protocol for a randomized controlled trial. Trials, 21(1), 114.


Bröning S, Sack PM, Haevelmann A, Wartberg L, Moesgen D, Klein M, & Thomasius R (2019). A new preventive intervention for children of substance‐abusing parents: Results of a randomized controlled trial. Child & Family Social Work.


Wartberg, L., Kriston, L., Bröning, S., Kegel, K., & Thomasius, R. (2017). Adolescent problematic Internet use: Is a parental rating suitable to estimate prevalence and identify familial correlates?. Computers in Human Behavior, 67, 233-239.


Bröning, S., Sack, PM, Thomsen, M., & Thomasius, R. (2016). Children with multiple risk exposures benefit from participating in "Strengthening Families!". Practice of Child Psychology and Child Psychiatry, 65(7), 550-566.


Bröning, S., Baldus, C., Thomsen, M., Sack, P.-M., Arnaud, N. & Thomasius, R. (2017). Children with elevated psychosocial risk load benefit most from a family-based preventive intervention: exploratory differential analyzes from the German 'Strengthening Families Program 10-14' adaptation trial. prevention science.


Ganzer, F., Bröning, S., Kraft, S., Sack, P.-M. & Thomasius, R. (2016). Weighing the Evidence: A Systematic Review on Long-Term Neurocognitive Effects of Cannabis Use in Abstinent Adolescents and Adults. Neuropsychology Review, 26(2), 186-222.


Baldus, C., Thomsen, M., Sack, P.-M., Bröning, S.,Arnaud, N., Daubmann, A. & Thomasius, R. (2016). Evaluation of a German version of the Strengthening Families Program 10-14: a randomized controlled trial. European Journal of Public Health, 26(6), 953-959.


Baldus, C., Thomsen, M., Sack, P.-M., Bröning, S.,Arnaud, N., Daubmann, A. & Thomasius, R. (2016). Evaluation of a German version of the Strengthening Families Program 10-14: a randomized controlled trial. European Journal of Public Health, 26(6), 953-959.


Bröning, S., Sack, PM, Thomsen, M., & Thomasius, R. (2016). Children with multiple risk exposures benefit from participating in "Strengthening Families!". Practice of Child Psychology and Child Psychiatry, 65(7), 550-566.


Arnaud, N., Petersen, KU, Bröning, S. & Thomasius, R. (2015). Pathological Internet use: Results of a nationwide survey on counseling and treatment services. Special issue of computer games and media use. Challenge to Child Analysis, 23(03), 0198-0220.


Klein, M., Moesgen, D., Thomasius, R., & Bröning, S. (2015). Children of Alcohol and Drug Addicted Parents: Risks, Needs, and Results of a Selective Prevention Study. European Psychiatry, 30, 1073. (Impact Factor 0.10).


Wartberg, L., Kammerl, R., Bröning, S., Hauenschild, M., Petersen, KU, & Thomasius, R. (2015). Gender-related consequences of Internet use perceived by parents in a representative quota sample of adolescents. Behavior & Information Technology, 34(4), 341-348.


Schindler, A. & Broning, S. (2015). A Review on Attachment and Adolescent Substance Abuse: Empirical Evidence and Implications for Prevention and Treatment. Substance Abuse, 36:3, 304-313.


Bröning, S., Sack, PM, Thomsen, M., Stolle, M., Wendell, A., Stappenbeck, J. & Thomasius, R. (2014). Implementing and evaluating the German adaptation of the "Strengthening Families Program 10-14" - a randomized-controlled multicentre study. BMC public health, 14(1), 83.


Thomasius, R. & Broning, S. (2014). Children of addicts - patients of tomorrow? Ways Out of Addiction: Recognizing – Treating – Coping with Addiction, 92, 12-13.


Beckh, K., Broning, S., Walper, S. & Wendt, E.V. (2013). Romantic relationships of young adults from divorced families An observational study on the intergenerational transmission of divorce. Journal of Family Research, 25(3).


Bröning, S., Moesgen, D., Klein, M. & Thomasius, R. (2013). Trabajar con hijos de familias drogodependientes: la intervención de grupo TRAMPOLINE radicada en la comunidad (Working with children from substance-affected families. The community-based program TRAMPOLINE). Pedagogia social. Revista interuniversitaria, (21), 67-84.


Haevelmann, A., Bröning, S., Klein, M., Moesgen, D., Wartberg, L. & Thomasius, R. (2013). Empirical quality assurance in the evaluation of the "Trampoline" group offer for children from families with addiction problems. Addiction Therapy, 14(03), 128-134. Klein, M., Moesgen, D., Broning, S. & Thomasius, R. (2013). Trampoline: Children from families with addiction problems discover their strengths. Manual. Goettingen: Hogrefe.


Sack PM, Hampel J, Broning S, Petersen KU, Andritzky B, Laack E, & Thomasius R (2013). What limits school-based tobacco prevention? Prevention and Health Promotion, 8(4), 246-251.


Sack, P.-M., Bröning, S., Andritzky, B., Laack, E. & Thomasius, R. (2013). School-based tobacco prevention: Do risk groups also benefit? Results from "Not smoking is cool!" for 5th and 6th grades at high schools. pediatric practice, 81/2, 291-300.


Stolle, M., Sack, P.-.M., Bröning, S., Baldus, C. & Thomasius, R. (2013). Brief intervention in alcohol intoxicated adolescents - A follow-up study in an access-to-care sample. Alcoholism & Drug Dependence. [ePub]. Thomsen, M. & Broning, S. (2013). Why are children attracted to the internet? JuKiP - your specialist magazine for health and pediatric nursing, 5(2), 226-227.


Arnaud N, Broning S, Drechsel M, Thomasius R & Baldus C (2012). Web-based screening and brief intervention for poly-drug use among teenagers: study protocol of a multicentre two-arm randomized controlled trial. BMC Public Health, 12:826.


S. Bröning, K. Kumpfer, K. Kruse, P.-M. Sack, I. Schaunig-Busch, S. Ruths, D. Moesgen, E. Pflug, M. Klein & Thomasius, R. (2012). Selective prevention programs for children from substance-affected families: a comprehensive systematic review. Substance Abuse, Treatment, Policy and Prevention, 7-23.


Bröning, S., Wiedow, A., Wartberg, L., Ruths, S., Haevelmann, A., Kindermann, S., Moesgen, D., Schaunig-Busch, I., Klein, M. & Thomasius, R (2012). Targeting children of substance-using parents with the community-based group intervention TRAMPOLINE: A randomized controlled trial – design, evaluation, recruitment issues. BMC Public Health, 12-223.


Broning (2012). Working with highly contentious families in separation - the example of children in mind. In Roesler C. (ed.) Interprofessional cooperation, mediation and counseling within the framework of the FamFG. Studies and practical concepts for working with highly contentious parents in custody and contact conflicts (pp. 103-128). Frankfurt am Main: Metzner Verlag.

Bröning, S., Moesgen, D., Klein, M. & Thomasius, R. (2012). Resource-oriented work with children from addict families. The example "trampoline". Psychotherapy in dialogue. Special issue “Addiction”, 13(4), 44-48.


Bröning, S., Krey, M., Normann, K. & Walper, S. (2012). Keeping an eye on children – a group offer for separated families. In K. Menne, Hermann Scheurer-English, A. Hundsalz, Yearbook for Educational Counseling, Volume 9, 222-242. Weinheim/Basel: Beltz Juventa.


Thomasius, R. & Broning, S. (2012). Family influences on the development and progression of addictions. Addiction Magazine, 1, 11-15.

2011 and earlier

Broning, S. (2011). Characteristics of high-conflict families. In S. Walper, J. Fichtner, K. Normann-Kossak (eds.), Highly conflictive families separated. Research results, practical experience and help for divorced parents and their children. Munich: Juventa.


Broning, S. (2010). Prevention and health promotion through parent education. In documentation 7 of the specialist conference "Youth welfare and health care - two systems are approaching" (ed.), Health promotion in child and youth welfare (pp. 107-125). Munich: self-publishing.


Broning, S. (2009). children in view. Theoretical and empirical foundations of a group offer for families in conflict-ridden separation situations. Munster: Waxmann.


Bröning, S. (2009) Autonomy and connectedness in young couple relationships. In C. Beyer (ed.), couple relationships - couple dynamics, Norderstedt: Books on Demand.


Walper, S. & Broning, S. (2008). Coping with separation and divorce. In F. Petermann & W. Schneider (eds.), Applied Developmental Psychology (Encyclopedia Psychology, Series V: Development Volume 7). Goettingen: Hogrefe.


Broning, S. & Walper, S. (2007). Risk factors and causes of divorce. Family, Partnership, Law, 13(6), pp. 260-264.

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