Emotional competence predicts outcome of an inpatient treatment program for burnout.

Pallich, Gianandrea; Blättler, Larissa; Gomez Penedo, Juan Martin; grosse Holtforth, Martin; Hochstrasser, Barbara (2020). Emotional competence predicts outcome of an inpatient treatment program for burnout. Journal of Affective Disorders, 274, pp. 949-954. Elsevier 10.1016/j.jad.2020.05.139

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BACKGROUND

Previous research has shown an association between burnout and low emotional competence (EC), defined as the ability to adequately regulate the intensity and expression of emotions. EC might also play a maintaining role in depression. The current paper aimed at studying the effect of improved EC on the course of burnout and depression.

METHODS

113 psychiatric inpatients completed a set of standardized self-report questionnaires at intake, discharge and three months after treatment, assessing EC, burnout, and depression. Multi-level analyses investigated the effect of improved EC on burnout and depression.

RESULTS

Improved EC including a better emotion regulation during treatment predicted favourable treatment outcomes regarding burnout and depression symptoms.

LIMITATIONS

The present results should be considered in light of some methodological limitations. Most importantly, the patient sample consists of patients of one inpatient ward and is therefore not representative of all burnout patients.

CONCLUSIONS

This study supports EC as a putative mechanism of change in the multimodal treatment of inpatients with a stress-related depressive disorder and burnout. Clinical and research consequences of the findings will be discussed.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

04 Faculty of Medicine > Department of Head Organs and Neurology (DKNS) > Clinic of Neurology > Centre of Competence for Psychosomatic Medicine
07 Faculty of Human Sciences > Institute of Psychology > Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy

UniBE Contributor:

Gomez Penedo, Juan Martin and grosse Holtforth, Martin

Subjects:

600 Technology > 610 Medicine & health

ISSN:

0165-0327

Publisher:

Elsevier

Language:

English

Submitter:

Annette Barbara Kocher

Date Deposited:

26 Jan 2021 16:02

Last Modified:

26 Jan 2021 16:11

Publisher DOI:

10.1016/j.jad.2020.05.139

PubMed ID:

32664037

Uncontrolled Keywords:

Aftercare needs Burnout Depression Emotional competence Predictor

BORIS DOI:

10.48350/150758

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/150758

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