Stress Management in Physical Education Class: An experiential approach To Improve Coping Skills and Reduce Stress Perceptions in Adolescents

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

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    Abstract

    In most physical education (PE) syllabuses, promoting life skills constitutes an important educational objective. The aim of this study was to implement a coping training program (EPHECT) within regular PE and to evaluate its effects on coping and stress among vocational students. Eight classes from a vocational school were selected for study; four were allocated to the intervention group (IG) and four to the control group (CG). The study examined intervention effects between pre- and postintervention, and postintervention and 6-months follow-up. Compared with the CG, the IG showed improved coping skills from pre- to postintervention. From postintervention to follow-up, stress decreased for the IG. A path analysis suggests an indirect effect on stress perception at follow-up via improved adaptive coping skills. The findings support EPHECT as a positive contribution to the development of adaptive coping skills. The project further shows how physical educators can translate psychological theory into practice.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)149-158
    Number of pages10
    JournalJOURNAL OF TEACHING IN PHYSICAL EDUCATION
    Volume35
    Issue number2
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2016

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