Poster Awards

Poster Awards

Tuesday Poster Session

Jetting around the globe for 15‐minute presentations? Comparison of face‐to‐face versus hybrid EHPS conference travel emissions

Presented by: Lisa Marie Warner

L. Heischkel1, C. Kahlich1, G. Sproesser2, J. Green3, L. Rehackova4, J. Inauen5, V. Araújo-Soares6, L.M. Warner1

1Department of Psychology, MSB Medical School Berlin, Germany
2Johannes Kepler University Linz, Austria
3School of Allied Health and Health Research Institute, University of Limerick, Ireland
4Northumbria University, United Kingdom
5Institute of Psychology, University of Bern, Switzerland
6Center for Preventive Medicine and Digital Health (CPD), Medical Faculty Mannheim, Heidelberg University, Germany


Background: The EHPS works actively to promote planetary health, e.g., by having developed a special consultative status of the EHPS at the United Nations, hosting a Special Interest Group in Equity, Global Health and Sustainability, and establishing a conference track on Climate Change and Sustainability. Adding to these efforts, this work in progress poster compares the CO2 emissions associated with traveling to the last in-person conference in 2019 to the first hybrid conference in 2022.
Methods: We will use two CO2 estimating methods and information sources: a) travel information from the post- conference survey 2022 to extrapolate individual estimates to the number of attendees; and b) attendee affiliation data from abstract books to extrapolate CO2 emissions using climate physics methods. The methods and years will be compared (adjusting for total distances, attendance rates), enabling a comparison of CO2 emissions between the in-person versus hybrid conference.
Expected results: 138 delegates provided travel information (departure city, modes of travel) to/from Bratislava, and 81 provided travel information to/from Dubrovnik. The CO2 reduction potential of introducing an online format in addition to the in-person format of EHPS conferences will be highlighted.
Current stage of work: We are currently preparing and cleaning the data; the poster will show final estimates and a visual map.
Discussion: As climate change inevitably affects health, health psychologists have become interested in sustainable behaviours. This poster reports data on the environmental impact of attending two different EHPS conference modes, and it discusses how conference travel emissions could be reduced.

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“MyDoula” – Mobile app-based intervention program for pregnant women to promote mental wellbeing (RCT)

Presented by: Gerlind Grosse

G. Grosse1, C. Birner1, A. Soemer2, J. Drengenburg3, P. Predel1, A. Schmitz1, D. Landin1, R. Wettach1

1Potsdam University of Applied Sciences, Germany
2Potsdam University, Germany
3Symbioun e.V., Germany


Severe fear of childbirth and depressive symptoms are common among pregnant women. Mindfulness, reflecting about the own emotional state and positive affirmations can improve fear of childbirth and depression. This study aims to investigate the potential effects of a mobile app-based self-directed 8-week intervention on the mental well-being of pregnant women.
A randomized controlled trial was used to evaluate the effect. The control group received no treatment. Included were: Pregnant women between the 20.1 and 27.0 pregnancy week. 76 women participated in the study, 38 in each group. Primary outcome measures: (1) Fear of childbirth (W-DEQ-A) and (2) depression scores (EPDS) at baseline and after 8 weeks.
A latent-change-model analyses was conducted. Preliminary analyses show a marginal superior effect on the IG, compared to the CG regarding depression scores (LRT (T1_T2)=0.09) and fear of childbirth (LRT (T1_T2)=0.07). Interesting effects for subgroups emerge: In the treatment group, changes in mindfulness are related to bigger changes in depression scores, compared to the control group (Modell FixD_epds~D_ffa: x²=134.99; df=115; p=0.09; LR-T=0.024). Women, who reported birth complications, seem to profit more from the treatment than women, who reported no birth complication. Due to the smaller number of this subgroup (i.e. women with birth complications=37), additional sampling is undertaken.
The RCT-study confirms the hypothesis that the treatment group would have bigger improvements in fear of childbirth and depression scores. Effects are small, however. The differences in the effects regarding women with or without birth complication need to be confirmed before further conclusions can be made.

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Wednesday Poster Session

How does adaptive goal-setting change older adults’ self-determination and physical activity? A mixed-methods intervention study

Presented by: Valérie Bösch

V. Bösch1, J. Inauen1

1University of Bern, Switzerland


Physical activity is an important health behavior especially for older adults. Postulated by the self-determination theory, one way to foster motivation to be physically active is by providing autonomy-supportive interventions, such as adaptive goals. However, this has not been investigated for older adults. We will examine whether older adults’ self-determination and physical activity changes during an adaptive goal intervention. Further, we will investigate what role self-determination plays when older adults talk about their physical activity, and how the intervention changes these perceptions. In a mixed-methods, within-person intervention study with intensive-longitudinal assessment (35 days) using diaries and accelerometry, participants (targeted N = 20) formulate a physical activity goal and corresponding implementation intentions. During the intervention period, participants will additionally get an autonomy-supportive intervention consisting of being provided with the opportunity to review and alter their goals and implementation intentions on a weekly basis. Before and after the intervention, a subsample of participants will be interviewed regarding their self-determination and physical activity. We expect that participants will improve their intrinsic motivation, intention to be active and their physical activity over time. The data collection is ongoing. We plan to analyze the quantitative data using multilevel modelling and the qualitative data by using combined thematic and interpretative phenomenological analysis. The study will firstly add an in-depth understanding about the role self-determination plays for older adults’ physical activity, how an intervention that is conceived to be autonomy-supportive is perceived and if this intervention can foster intrinsic motivation, intention and physical activity.

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Opening up? How to support staff’ & students’ decisions to disclose mental health issues.

Presented by: Thomas Gültzow

T. Gültzow1, D. Zijlstra1, S. Brouwers1, F. den Uil1, V. Vancauwenbergh1, Y. Severijns1, 2

1Maastricht University, Netherlands
2Open University, Netherlands


Background: Decisions about disclosing mental health issues can be difficult in the university setting. Therefore, staff and students might benefit from decision support, e.g., through a decision aid. Yet, little is known about (1) how such decisions are made and (2) what such disclosure decision aids should look like.
Methods: Twenty semi-structured interviews were conducted with staff (n=10) and students (n=10) who decided (not) to disclose. First, the participants were asked to complete a short questionnaire including the SURE–scale. Subsequently, they were interviewed about the decision to disclose and their needs regarding a disclosure decision aid. Data from the SURE-scale was analyzed based on descriptive statistics, data from the interviews are analyzed using the Framework–method.
Findings: Most students (n=9) decided to not disclose, while most staff (n=8) did. That said, even among staff, 40% indicated not to know what the best choice for them was, compared to 50% of students. Also, staff indicated that the decision was difficult for them. A recurring theme among students was that they failed to link disclosure to perceived actionable outcomes, and often did not know where/how to disclose. Employees also sometimes choose not to disclose because they have already received help or did not see the added value, but they also reported disclosing to receive support.
Discussion: Both staff and students find it difficult to decide on mental health disclosure. A decision aid can act as a resource to help employees make an informed decision and prepare them for potential disclosure conversations.

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Thursday Poster Session

Patients with severe asthma receiving mepolizumab report stronger positive emotions than mepolizumab-naïve patients

Presented by: Judit Varkonyi-Sepp

J. Varkonyi-Sepp1, A. Chauhan2, T. Brown2, L. Wiffen2

1Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust, United Kingdom
2Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust, United Kingdom


Background: The prevalence of depression and anxiety in people with asthma, an incurable inflammatory respiratory condition, is 2-10 times that of the general population, even higher in severe asthma (SA). Psychological distress can impair asthma self-management and increase both patient and healthcare burden. Evidence on the effectiveness of psychological and/or behavioural interventions to address psychological distress in SA remains inconclusive. Based on evidence on complex biopsychological interactions between inflammation, mood states and discrete emotions, we aimed to examine whether emotions and psychological and clinical outcomes of patients with SA treated with a novel drug to reduce airway inflammation (mepolizumab) differ from those of patients who receive other anti-inflammatory treatment (mepolizumab-naïve).
Methods: We collected cross-sectional data from 30 adults with SA on their psychological distress, health-related quality of life, physical and psychological functioning, subjective asthma control and emotional composition using validated psychometric and clinical instruments. We compared these with cross-sectional data of the same measures from two groups (well and unwell) in a previous study in mepolizumab-naïve SA patients.
Findings: The mepolizumab group had better outcomes on all measures than the comparison groups apart from depression and asthma control that were equal in the study and well comparator group. The study group had different emotional composition and had significantly more intense positive emotions than any of the comparison groups.
Discussion: Patients treated with mepolizumab had better psychological and clinical outcomes and stronger positive emotions than mepolizumab-naïve patients. Biopsychological interactions are subject of a subsequent study.

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Can we teach an old dog new tricks? Teaching behaviour change to practitioners in Paraguay

Presented by: Claudia Teran Escobar

C. Teran Escobar1, M. Christofori-Khadka2, A. Chalabaev3, N. Raëhle2

1Univ. Grenoble Alpes, CNRS, IRD, G-INP, IGE, 38000 Grenoble, France, France
2Swiss Red Cross, Switzerland
3Univ. Grenoble Alpes, SENS, F-38000 Grenoble, France, France


Using theory- and evidence-based approaches (TEAs) when elaborating behaviour change interventions (BCI) in real world is highly recommended (e.g., Bartholomew et al., 2016). However, practitioners rarely use them (Hagger & Weed, 2019). Training practitioners might have the potential to change practitioners’ practices which ultimately might lead to behaviour change in real world.
The main objective was to assess the effects of a training about Behaviour change on knowledge, self-efficacy and intention towards using TEAs for behaviour change interventions.
A training based in the COM-B system (Michie, van Stralen, et al., 2011), doer and non-doer analysis (Mosler, 2012), the BCTs taxonomy (Michie, Ashford, et al., 2011) and surveys to assess healthy behaviours (e.g., the IPAQ, Craig et al., 2003) was delivered to Health Promotion Technicians (N=15) working in rural areas in Paraguay in 2022. Knowledge about BCIs was assessed by using a multiple-choice test. Moreover, self-efficacy and intention towards elaborating and evaluating BCIs were assessed by using scales. The three variables were assessed four times (before, during and after the training). Multilevel analysis was used to analyse the data.
Knowledge (β = 3.81 [2.24; 5.39], p < .001), self-efficacy (β = 0.64 [0.32; 0.96], p < .001) and intention towards using BCIs (β = 0.36 [0.12; 0.60], p = .005) significantly increased since the baseline.
The training seems to increase the knowledge, self-efficacy and intention towards BCIs. Further studies should assess the effectiveness of the training in other contexts and assess changes in health promotion practices.

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