Prof. Dr. Silke Heuse

Psychology B.Sc

Prof. Dr. Silke Heuse studied psychology at the Free University of Berlin with a focus on health psychology. She then deepened her interest in the interface between psychology and medicine by completing her doctorate at Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin and her training in psychological psychotherapy with a specialization in cognitive behavioral therapy. In 2018, Prof. Dr. Silke Heuse was appointed to the University of Europe for Applied Sciences, where she has since pursued her passion for training the next generation of psychologists by coordinating and teaching in the psychology program, as well as her research interest in the prevention of mental and somatic illness through health behaviors and stress management.


The role of physical exercise as personal resource against job stress


Purpose. The prevention of burnout symptoms is an essential goal in occupational health promotion. Physical exercise provides health-promotion benefits. This study aimed to verify physical exercise and its planned preparation as additional predictors of employees’ burnout symptoms next to job demands and resources. We used the job demands–resources model as a theoretical framework. Method. In this longitudinal online study, 342 employees completed two questionnaires at an interval of 4 weeks. Results. Moderation and moderated mediation analyses confirmed vigorous physical exercise as a relevant personal resource, revealing that it buffers the detrimental effects of job demands on burnout symptoms. Planning strategies strongly predicted physical exercise and supported the debilitating effects of job resources on burnout symptoms. Especially in employees with medium levels of job stress, coping planning supported the enactment of vigorous physical exercise. Physical exercise did not mediate the association between job demands, job resources and burnout symptoms. Conclusions. This study enriches our knowledge about occupational health prevention. It points to a pressing topic for the near future, i.e., how work conditions (e.g., job stress) and leisure time (e.g., physical exercise) can be successfully combined to keep individuals’ job stress to a minimum and to prevent burnout symptoms.

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Published by Taylor and Francis
2020, English
9 pages