A self-determination theory-based preventive intervention programme for pre-service PE teachers

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Social changes in the teaching context, like more heterogeneous teaching groups, are accompanied by increasing stress and strain in physical education teachers (Abele & Candova, 2007). In comparison with other career stages, teachers show highest levels of job-related stress and lower mental health during their pre-service phase (Schäfer, Pels, & von Haaren-Mack, 2018). Based on self-determination theory (Deci & Ryan, 2000), the link between lack of satisfaction of the three basic psychological needs for autonomy, competence and relatedness and burnout has been well investigated (Bartholomew et al., 2014). There is a deficit in feasible and effective theory-based preventive interventions for the pre-service teacher phase. Therefore, the aim of this three-year study programme is the development, implementation and evaluation of preventive interventions to increase job-related need satisfaction to prevent burnout symptoms of pre-service teachers. The planned intervention programme consists of three steps: 1. the implementation of a feasibility study evaluating structural conditions, 2. the development of theory- and evidence-based interventions for increasing basic psychological needs, and 3. the implementation and evaluation of the interventions with the aim of decreasing burnout symptoms. The target group consists of 60 pre-service-students, and 60 University PE teacher students as comparison group. The interventions will be evaluated at three points of measurement: Before and after the implementation of the preventive interventions and four months after termination as a follow-up. Results of the feasibility study as well as first contents of the developed preventive interventions will be presented at the FEPSAC conference.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAbstract book : 50 years of FEPSAC. 15th European congress of sport & exercise psychology, Münster, Germany, 15-20 July 2019
EditorsBernd Strauss, Barbara Halberschmidt, Till Utesch, Dennis Dreiskämper, Sebastian Brückner, Maike Tietjens, Vera Storm, Linda Schücker, Friederike Rosenfeld, Charlotte Raue, Stijn Mentzel, Meike Kolb, Lena Henning, Lena Busch
Number of pages1
Place of PublicationMünster
PublisherDepartment of Sport and Exercise Psychology, University of Muenster
Publication date2019
Article number3.23
Publication statusPublished - 2019
EventFEPSAC 2019 - 15th European congress of sport & exercise psychology: Building the future of sport & exercise psychology - Universität Münster, Münster, Germany
Duration: 15.07.201920.07.2019
Conference number: 15


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