General mental health under extreme stress and trauma
Project: Stress, trauma, and protective factors in rescue workers
The aim of our cooperation with the German Red Cross medical recue service is to investigate the influence of work-related (psychological) stress sources as well as individual resilience and risk factors on the mental and physical health of rescue workers. Investigating cause-effect relationships will allow deriving preventive measures as well as organisational improvement possibilities in order to reduce the employees’ psychological stress and to maintain their ability to work in the long term.
The project is carried out in cooperation with the following institutions:
- Universitary Psychotherapeutic Outpatient Clinic (PHSA), Ulm University, Dr. Roberto Rojas
- German Red Cross (DRK) Medical Rescue Service, Rettungsdienst Heidenheim-Ulm gGmbH, David Richter
- Behnke, A., Conrad, D., Kolassa, I.-T., & Rojas, R. (2019). Higher sense of coherence is associated with better mental and physical health in emergency medical services: results from investigations on the revised sense of coherence scale (SOC-R) in rescue workers. European Journal of Psychotraumatology, 10(1), 1606628. doi.org/10.1080/20008198.2019.1606628 [pdf]
- Behnke, Rojas, Conrad, & Kolassa (under review). Exposure to distressing and critical mission events increases rescue workers’ risk for severe mental and physical stress symptoms: Introducing the Rescue and Emergency Situations Questionnaire (RESQ). Frontiers in Psychology.
- Gärtner, A., Behnke, A., Conrad, D., Kolassa, I.-T., Rojas, R. (2019). Emotion regulation in rescue workers: Differential relationship with perceived work-related stress and stress-related symptoms. Frontiers in Psychology, 9, e2744. [pdf]