Stress intervention study
We conducted a longitudinal study with a randomized control group design over a period of 14 days with 120 participants to investigate whether 3 different app-based interventions (cognitive-behavioural, meditation, informational) can enhance the general well-being (stress, engagement and satisfaction), ICT-specific well-being (technostress creators, digitalisation anxiety, IT resilience) and recovery (detachment) of participants compared to the control group with no intervention. All indicators were measured by using scales with several items in the initial questionnaire (prior to the intervention period) and end questionnaire (after the intervention period). Additionally, stress, satisfaction and detachment were measured by single items in the app-interventions which took place every two days directly after the interventions. The meditation intervention significantly increased general well-being (satisfaction, measured in the app) and recovery (detachment, measured in the questionnaires) compared to the control group but did not improve general stress and ICT-related stress. The cognitive-behavioural intervention significantly increased general well-being (less stress, measured in the app). Contrary to our hypotheses, the informational intervention even increased the general stress level (measured in the questionnaire). None of the interventions changed the level of ICT-related stress.