TH-P01-019-interactive - Emotion Regulation in Emergency Paramedic Trainees – Evaluation of a Primary Preventive Intervention

Track:
Emotion regulation
What:
Interactive Poster Presentation
When:
1 hour 30 minutes
Where:
O'Brien Foyer
Discussion:
0
 
Emotion in the workplace
Emotion regulation
TH-P01-019-interactive
Emotion Regulation in Emergency Paramedic Trainees – Evaluation of a Primary Preventive Intervention
D. Dörfel*, A. Kübart 1, E. M. Sattig 1, G. Buruck 1
1Work, Organisational and Social Psychology, Dresden, Germany
 
Content:  
Purpose
Emergency paramedics are exposed to high emotional stress. Therefore, emotion regulation competencies are essential for preventing mental strain. The aim of this project was to implement a training of emotional competencies (Berking, 2015) into a new paramedical training curriculum to evaluate its effectiveness.
Design/Methodology
Pre- and post-training, 47 trainees (28 in training-group, 19 in control-group; 21.6 years, 15f) completed questionnaires about training satisfaction, transfer into professional practice and training effectiveness (well-being, depression and anxiety). Additionally, heart rate variability (HRV) was measured. For satisfaction and transfer, frequencies were computed, for effectiveness, 2 (group) x 2 (time) repeated measures (M)ANCOVAs were conducted.
Results
Overall satisfaction with the training was very high and over 50% of the trainees reported satisfactory to excellent (expected) transfer into everyday professional practice. We could not find a significant improvement in psychological variables (p>.10; effect size Eta²<=.01) after training, but a significant increase of HRV (p<.01; Eta²=.35).
Limitations
Several methodological limitations (lack of follow up measurement, no randomized assignment of participants, measurement of HRV) will be discussed.
Research/Practical Implications
A training of emotional competencies is well accepted by paramedical trainees. The training could increase autonomic self-regulation, which might imply a reduction of cardiovascular risk, and could be a precursor of increasing psychological stress regulation. Follow-up measures are needed to show trainings effects with regard to well-being, depression and anxiety.
Originality/Value
This is the first report to evaluate a work related emotion regulation training in paramedical trainees in order to enrich training for professions with high emotional stress.
 
 
 
 
 

 
 

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