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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2018, 15(1), 108; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph15010108

Preliminary Analyses Showed Short-Term Mental Health Improvements after a Single-Day Manager Training

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Department of Psychosomatic Medicine and Psychotherapy, University Medical Center Ulm, 89081 Ulm, Germany
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Department of Psychotherapy Science, Sigmund Freud University Vienna, 1020 Vienna, Austria
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Sonnenberg Klinik GgmbH, 70597 Stuttgart, Germany
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Received: 30 November 2017 / Revised: 1 January 2018 / Accepted: 1 January 2018 / Published: 10 January 2018
(This article belongs to the Section Occupational Safety and Health)
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Abstract

Psychosocial working conditions attract more and more attention when it comes to mental health in the workplace. Trying to support managers to deal with their own as well as their employees’ psychological risk factors, we conducted a specific manager training. Within this investigation, we wanted to learn about the training’s effects and acceptance. A single-day manager training was provided in a large industrial company in Germany. The participants were asked to fill out questionnaires regarding their own physical and mental health condition as well as their working situation. Questionnaires were distributed at baseline, 3-month, and 12-month follow-up. At this point of time the investigation is still ongoing. The current article focuses on short-term preliminary effects. Analyses only included participants that already completed baseline and three months follow-up. Preliminary results from three-month follow-up survey (n = 33, nmale = 30, Mage = 47.5) indicated positive changes in the manager’s mental health condition measured by the Patient Health Questionnaire for depression (PHQ-9: Mt1 = 3.82, Mt2 = 3.15). Training managers about common mental disorders and risk factors at the workplace within a single-day workshop seems to promote positive effects on their own mental health. Especially working with the managers on their own early stress symptoms might have been an important element. View Full-Text
Keywords: workplace intervention; common mental disorder; naturalistic design workplace intervention; common mental disorder; naturalistic design
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Boysen, E.; Schiller, B.; Mörtl, K.; Gündel, H.; Hölzer, M. Preliminary Analyses Showed Short-Term Mental Health Improvements after a Single-Day Manager Training. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2018, 15, 108.

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