Ursula teach

Ursula teach, geb. Leipold, (* 5. June 1930 in Frankfurt/Main) is a prominent Wissenschafterin on the area of the research and organization of aging and was occasionally a German politician (CDU) and minister.

The versatile interested Psychologin based 1986 in Heidelberg on behalf the federal state government Institut for Gerontologie and 1995 the German center for aging research (DZFA), a donation of the federation and Baden-Wuerttemberg. From 1988 to at the beginning of 1991 was Mrs instruction Federal Ministries for youth, family, women and health.

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after the Abitur 1949 completed Ursula teach a study of the psychology, philosophy, Germanistik and the history of art in Frankfurt/Main and Bonn, which it 1955 as diploma - Psychologin terminated. 1954 took place their graduation to the Dr. phil. with Professor. Hans Thomae with the work of contributions for the psychology of the Periodik in the childlike behavior . It was then active as a scientific woman employee at psychological Institut of the University of Bonn. Here it habilitierte itself 1968 with the work “occupation and life fate - the professional activity of the womanfrom development and socialpsychological view ". 1969 took place then their appointment as the unscheduled Professorin.

teachings and research

on Professorin in Cologne, Bonn and

Heidelberg 1972 it became as tidy Professorin on the chair for Pädagogik and educational psychologythe University of Cologne appoint. 1975 followed it the call of the University of Bonn as Ordinaria for psychology. finally 1986 accepted it the call of the University of Heidelberg on the first German chair for Gerontologie . One of their first coworkers was Andreas Kruse, that starting from 1987 forthe old person reports and Lehrs successor was responsible in Heidelberg became.

Professor. Teach initiated the public donation of the German center for aging research (DZFA) in Heidelberg, whose establishment executive committee became it 1995. At the end of of 1998 emeritierte it as Professorin of the Heidelberger university; 1997 - 1999 were womanTeach president of the German society for Gerontologie and Geriatrie.

Teach is considered as “Gerontologin the first hour " and as Impulsgeberin for two generations of German university teachers in this area. It is until today also internationally for and in the Gerontologie active.

researchto employed women and to old person care

your first research topics in the 60's-years were the life situation of employed women and the efficiency of older employees. Teach white after that psychological tensions are less physically due in the life center (Klimakterium), but more to role conflicts in thatFamily and the daughter role opposite aging parents are connected (above all support in states of distress as well as assistance and care). Only many years later notice governments and the public , which loads the internal-family old person care causes, so that the policy after the nursing care insurance law of 1995 overfurther assistance thinks.

In the context of the family psychology it was concerned furthermore with the development chances for nut/mother and child, which arise for the woman from successful professional activity, as well as with the mutual suggestions between father and child. Their research to the development psychology confirmed the value of a common responsibilitypair of parents for the child education and daily nut/mother - the model.

efficiency in

the second emphasis of their research work formed the vocational efficiency of older employees. Already in the years it could prove the advantages, which an age limit flexible after both sides offers. The vocationalEfficiency of older ones is comparable to discriminations with that one of the younger employees, it is however often in the enterprise suspended. These are expression of a negative age picture as well as youth-centered employment policy. In the context of these research projects also contributions stand for preparation on the retirement as well as for creative organizationthe after-vocational time.

Usula teach and Hans Thomae initiated the first German profile study to the late adult age, his psychological development processes and the reciprocal effect with physical and social changes (BOLSA). The study ran together with Professor. Thomae (Bonn) from 1965 to 1987 and carried out for the first time in the FRGan interdisciplinary beginning of the gerontologischen research. Their central findings were the proof of large differences between seniors in the form of its aging, which was confirmed in further empirical investigations. Teach defines the development at the age as a process, its influences biologically, socially, ecologically and personalwork. The substantial conclusion from it is the “ responsible person organization of aging ". As resuming research topic the question resulted, to what extent one can promote development processes in the age by specific forms of the intervention.

Finds general Ursula teach: In former times were older councellors, today give it ever moreappropriate books for it.

establishment of two research centers

around these aspects, which become personally and socially ever urgent to be able to investigate more comprehensively created Mrs instruction in the course of their appointment to the University of Heidelberg in the year 1986 Institut for Gerontologie and began alsothe mechanism of the structure study of the Gerontologie.

Institut for Gerontologie could develop a clear research profile under it rapidly and concentrated on development processes at the age, the accomplishment of his requirements and loads and its role picture (“age picture”). Apart from the promotion of everyday life and cognitive authority becomes alsothe efficiency of older employees examines. 1991 received Institut the status of a WHO - to Kollaborationszentrums, which gave to the exchange with international gerontologischen institutions strong impulses and to some WHO congresses in Heidelberg led. To the teachings the Ordinaria introduced an interdisciplinary beginning, that itself among other thingsin close co-operation with the Geriatrie and Geronto psychiatry with the training as the diploma - Gerontologen affects. Emphasis of the teachings is apart from realizations the basic also that one the intervention research. New institute leader became 1997 Professor. Dr. Andreas Kruse.

Professor. Teach began briefly after order to Families - and health minister to work on the establishment one as necessary judged “national center for aging research “. Under its line in the middle of was concerned November 1988 in Stuttgart of the 6. Congress of future “aging as chance and challenge " with interdisciplinary aspects of aging. Prime Minister Lothar Späth took up the suggestion for a German research center and agreed with Federal Chancellor Helmut Kohl a federation land financing. Already at the 28.November 1988 the federal state government of Baden-Wuerttemberg adopted a principle resolution and Bonn science Ministries formed a working group for the definition of the research concept. In October 1990 the final report wentto the country German Federal Armed Forces, which agreed in November. But the negotiations for federation land financing pulled themselves over years, and the DZFA owes only to the persistence of Professor. Teach his establishment as donation of public right at the 30.September 1995. As establishment a directress provided Ursula teach fora balanced mixture between interdisciplinary basic research and its conversion to the practice as well as to political decisions.

Later the development of 2 of the 4 institutes was final two years and first research results was present. The department for development research (Professor. Dr. Peter Martin) examines changes of theExperiencing and behavior at the adult age, the development cognition, personality and social nets. Its applied research concerns the maintenance of physical and mental health in the high age, e.g. with hundred-year (in Germany about 10,000 humans). As the first large-scale project under Professor-teach was the interdisciplinary profile studythe adult age (ILSE). This already since 1992 by two Ministries promoted study examines the conditions for healthy and content aging in co-operation of the medical profession, psychologists, psychiatrists and the sport science.

The department for social ones and ecological Gerontologie (Professor. Dr. Hans Werner choice) age aspects the person environment investigates - for relation with emphasis on the spatial material technical surrounding field of old humans. It concerns concretely living, residential environment and altersgemässes Design, as well as the readiness of the seniors for mobility (e.g. Removal, new technologies). Is examined also, howHandicaps when seeing or going the process of aging to affect.

The start of the two youngest departments fell already into the authority of Ursula Lehrs successors. The department for epidemiology of illnesses and functional impairments at the age investigate the frequency and factors of risk for diseases since 1999/2000and from this the following restrictions. The department for intervention and rehablitation research began two years later their activity.

Since the final development the DZFA combines for the first time all disciplines under a roof, important for the Gerontologie. The German feels the impulse of this innovation like also the international aging research. Additionallythe political activity of Professor has. Teach to larger public interest to the Demografie and led to more understandings of normal aging processes.


Ursula teach is verwitwet and has two sons from first marriage. It was two times married.

A large requestyou are a change of the “age picture “, since our society has strongly a “ youth-centered” role picture despite its increasing obsolescence.


since 1986 are teach member of the CDU. In the year 1990 she became for 4 years a delegate of the German federal daily,for it on the national list Hessen had stood as a candidate.

Above all their work the professional activity of the woman and the reactions to the health became politically relevant, as well as the efficiency of older employees. Thus it qualified itself in special way for its later office than families- and health minister.

minister and public offices

to 9. December 1988 was appointed it as a Federal Minister for youth, family, women and health into the Federal Government led of Federal Chancellor Helmut Kohl. As well-known Gerontologin you above all a Auasbau of the senior politics succeeded.

In the course of the yearly 1989 it turned out into hard controversies with its CDU/CSU Parliamentary Group, when it demanded care of children for under three-year ones (“crawling rooms “). It argued with the strong increase of only children, with whose development the social influence of brothers and sisters is missing (see also family policy and social role).

At the end of of 1990 -- after the first all-German choice election to the Bundestag 1990 -- the Ministry was divided, and Professor-teaches separated to 18. January 1991 from the government. Their successor became Hannelore Rönsch (CDU), those the nunmehrige Ministry for family and seniors 1991-1994 led.

Ursula teach was since 1988 floating Kraft the establishment of the German center for aging research (DZFA, Heidelberg) and became 1995 establishment directress of this donation (until 1998?).
Since October 1997 she is president of the German society for Gerontologie and Geriatrie.


see also


Teach made important contributions to the qualititativen psychology, to the Gerontologie, for the intelligence of the age, in particular for the role of the woman in occupation, family and marriage.

  • TEACH Ursula (1972, 1987 6.A) psychology of aging. Source and Meyer, Heidelberg.
  • TEACH Ursula (1987) for situation that older becoming woman. Stocktaking and perspectives up to the year 2000. beck, Munich. 3,406 322226 3
  • THOMAE Hans's (1983) aging styles and aging forms. A contribution to the differntiellen Gerontologie. Huber, Berne, Stuttgart.
  • First old person report 1993. German Bundestag, 12. Electoral period/print 12/5897. The life situation of older humans in Germany. By at that timeMinister And. Teach in February 1989 lively comprehensive analysis of the life situation of older humans.

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