Health psychology has two main topics in educating Health professionals. First, an obvious goal is to increase the ability of health professionals to provide health knowledge to their patients and improve their ability to become or stay healthy. Second, health psychology should help health professionals to cope with their numerous challenges on their work place. Stressful events, difficult interaction with patients and colleagues and often tough working environment increase the chance for stress-related disorders, e.g. burnout. Most research and prevention efforts focus on work place variables. Unfortunately, some studies show that distress levels in health professionals are high – even before they start with professional career. In a not yet published study we aimed to identify predictors for chronic stress in nursing students.
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