Burnout and mental health in Swiss vocational students: The moderating role of physical activity.

Markus Gerber, Christin Lang, Anne Feldmeth, Catherine Elliot, Serge Brand, Edith Holsboer-Trachsler, Uwe Pühse

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    Abstract

    Few studies have focused on burnout among vocational students. This study examined the association between burnout and mental health among 56 Swiss vocational students (29 males, 27 females, M = 18.1, SD = 1.2 years) and tested whether recommended levels of moderate-to-vigorous physical activity (MVPA) attenuate this relationship. Burnout was strongly associated with increased depressive symptoms and decreased levels of life satisfaction, mental toughness, and quality of sleep. Students above recommended levels of MVPA reported lower burnout and higher mental health. No significant moderator effects were observed. Symptoms of burnout were associated with increased mental health problems. Physical activity should be promoted to prevent burnout, because nearly half of the students did not meet MVPA recommendations.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)63-74
    Number of pages12
    JournalJournal of Research on Adolescence
    Volume25
    Issue number1
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2015

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    Gerber, M., Lang, C., Feldmeth, A., Elliot, C., Brand, S., Holsboer-Trachsler, E., & Pühse, U. (2015). Burnout and mental health in Swiss vocational students: The moderating role of physical activity. Journal of Research on Adolescence, 25(1), 63-74. https://doi.org/10.1111/jora.12097