Effects of a Manualized Short-term Treatment of Internet and Computer Game Addiction (STICA)

This study is currently recruiting participants. (see Contacts and Locations)
Verified February 2013 by Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz
Sponsor:
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
M.E. Beutel, Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier:
NCT01434589
First received: September 8, 2011
Last updated: February 8, 2013
Last verified: February 2013
  Purpose

The purpose of this study is to 1) determine the efficacy of manualized Short-term Treatment of Internet and Computer game Addiction (STICA), assess 2) the durability of treatment response in these patients and 3) the impact on associated psychiatric symptoms, e.g. social anxiety and depression.


Condition Intervention Phase
Addiction
Behavioral: STICA Intervention
Phase 3

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Single Blind (Outcomes Assessor)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Effects of a Manualized Short-term Treatment of Internet and Computer Game Addiction

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Further study details as provided by Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Change in internet or computer game addiction (self-rating) [ Time Frame: 4 and 10 months after randomization ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Change/Remission of internet or computer game addiction (expert rating) [ Time Frame: 4 and 10 months after randomization ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
  • Preoccupation with critical internet applications or computer games (hours per week) [ Time Frame: 4 and 10 months after randomization ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
  • Improvement of negative consequences (e.g. social communication, psychosocial well being) [ Time Frame: 4 and 10 months after randomization ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
  • Improvement of depressive symptoms (changes in BDI-II) [ Time Frame: 4 and 10 months after randomization ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
  • Improvement of social fear and avoidance (changes in Liebowitz Social Anxiety Scale) [ Time Frame: 4 and 10 months after randomization ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
  • Improvement of Expectances of self-efficacy (Changes in Assessment of Self-Efficacy) [ Time Frame: 4 and 10 months after randomization ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]

Estimated Enrollment: 192
Study Start Date: January 2012
Estimated Study Completion Date: October 2014
Estimated Primary Completion Date: June 2014 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
No Intervention: Wait list control
Experimental: STICA Intervention Behavioral: STICA Intervention
Manualized Short-term Treatment for Internet and Computer game Addiction (STICA) based on cognitive behavior-therapy (combining individual and group therapy)

  Eligibility

Ages Eligible for Study:   17 Years to 55 Years
Genders Eligible for Study:   Male
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No
Criteria

Inclusion Criteria:

  • clinical diagnosis of internet or computer game addiction
  • internet or computer game addiction according to the AICA-Checklist(Assessment of Internet and Computer game addiction, expert Rating)
  • a score >/= 7 in the AICA-S (Assessment of Internet and Computer game addiction, Self Rating)
  • patients with primary diagnoses of internet or computer game addiction
  • if currently on psychotropic medications, no change in medications and dosages in the past 2 months and during STICA treatment
  • if currently off all psychotropic medications, patient has been off at least 4 weeks
  • at least 4 weeks off from last psychotherapy and no other ongoing psychotherapy

Exclusion Criteria:

  • current Global Assessment of Functioning (GAF) < 40
  • severe major depression (BDI-II Score >/= 29)
  • current alcohol or drug addictions
  • personality disorders: borderline, antisocial, schizoid and schizotypal
  • lifetime diagnoses of schizophrenia, schizoaffective, bipolar or organic mental disorder
  • current unstable medical illness
  Contacts and Locations
Choosing to participate in a study is an important personal decision. Talk with your doctor and family members or friends about deciding to join a study. To learn more about this study, you or your doctor may contact the study research staff using the Contacts provided below. For general information, see Learn About Clinical Studies.

Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier: NCT01434589

Contacts
Contact: Michael Dreier, Dipl.-Soz. michael.dreier@uni-mainz.de
Contact: Klaus Wölfling, Dr. woelfling@uni-mainz.de

Locations
Austria
Anton Proksch Insitut, Therapy Centre for the Treatment of Addictions Recruiting
Vienna, Austria, 1230
Principal Investigator: M. Musalek, Prof. Dr.         
Germany
University Medical Center Mainz, Department of Psychosomatic Medicine and Psychotherapy, Outpatient clinic for behavioral addictions Recruiting
Mainz, Germany, 55131
Contact: Michael Dreier, Dipl.-Soz.       michael.dreier@uni-mainz.de   
Contact: Klaus Wölfling, Dr.       woelfling@uni-mainz.de   
Principal Investigator: Klaus Wölfling, Dr.         
Sub-Investigator: Isabel Bengesser, Dipl. Psych.         
Central Insitute for Mental Health Recruiting
Mannheim, Germany, 68159
Sub-Investigator: T. Leménager, Dr.         
Principal Investigator: K. Mann, Prof. Dr.         
University Medical Center Tübingen Recruiting
Tübingen, Germany, 72076
Principal Investigator: A. Batra, Prof. Dr.         
Sponsors and Collaborators
Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz
Investigators
Principal Investigator: M. E. Beutel, Prof. Dr. University Medical Center Mainz, Department of Psychosomatic Medicine and Psychotherapy
  More Information

Publications:
Additional publications automatically indexed to this study by ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier (NCT Number):
Responsible Party: M.E. Beutel, Univ.-Prof. Dr.med. Dipl.-Psych. M.E. Beutel, Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT01434589     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: BE 2248/10-1
Study First Received: September 8, 2011
Last Updated: February 8, 2013
Health Authority: Germany: Ethics Commission

Keywords provided by Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz:
internet addiction
computer game addiction
STICA
short-term treatment
psychotherapy
internet and computer game addiction

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Behavior, Addictive
Compulsive Behavior
Impulsive Behavior

ClinicalTrials.gov processed this record on July 26, 2014