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Assuming a moderate effect (η² = 0.06) and a power of .80, the sample will comprise 55 physical education (PE) students. In a randomised-controlled design, participants will be distributed into four experimental groups and one control group (independent variable: coping; dependent variable: stress reaction). Initially, stress will be induced by means of a cover story stating that the aim of the study is to assess an individual‘s eligibility to become a PE teacher through two tasks. Subsequently, one of four coping strategies will be manipulated within the four experimental groups (focus on positive: participants reflect their benefits from the tasks; support coping: participants think about persons who could help; active coping: participants make a plan for handling the tasks: evasive coping: participants reflect their emotions). There will be no manipulation of coping within the control group. Stress will be measured psychologically (Visual Analogue Scale, Multidimensional Mood State Questionnaire) and physiologically (heart rate variability). Data will be analysed by ANOVA.
The experimental design is currently being tested in a pilot study. The results will be helpful to design coping interventions aimed at preventing chronic stress and related negative health outcomes (e.g., depression, cardiovascular diseases).
|Title of host publication||32nd Conference of the EHPS Health Psychology across the lifespan : uniting research, practice and policy; 21-25 August 2018, Galway, Ireland;conference abstracts|
|Number of pages||1|
|Publication status||Published - 2018|
|Event||Annual Conference of the European Health Psychology Society - Galway, Ireland|
Duration: 21.08.2018 → 25.08.2018
Conference number: 32
- 2 Finished
01.01.16 → 30.06.19
Project: Funded by third parties