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R4Power: An Online Resilience Program for Adolescents (R4Power)

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ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT00641368
Recruitment Status : Unknown
Verified March 2008 by Swarthmore College.
Recruitment status was:  Recruiting
First Posted : March 24, 2008
Last Update Posted : March 24, 2008
Sponsor:
Information provided by:
Swarthmore College

Brief Summary:
The study will evaluate the R4Power program, an online intervention designed to teach adolescents coping and problem-solving skills.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Depression Anxiety Behavioral: R4Power Program Other: Waitlist Control Phase 1

Detailed Description:

This study examines the feasibility of a 10-lesson web-based intervention, the R4Power program, and its effectiveness in preventing symptoms of depression and anxiety. The R4Power Program teaches cognitive and problem-solving skills covered in classroom based interventions, including the Penn Resiliency Program, that have been found to reduce or prevent symptoms of depression in children and adolescents. This study examines whether adolescents can benefit from learning these skills through a computer (rather than classroom) intervention.

Adolescents in grades 6 through 8 who participate in this study will be assigned to one of two conditions: an intervention group that will complete the R4Power program during the first year (R4Power1), or a waitlist control group that will complete the R4Power program the following year (R4Power2). Students will complete the 10-lesson program over the course of twelve weeks. They will learn and practice cognitive skills (recognizing the link between their thoughts and feelings, identifying thinking traps, challenging their negative beliefs) and problem-solving skills (assertiveness, relaxation and distraction, overcoming procrastination, and decision making). Adolescents who participate in this study will be followed for one year, and their coping responses and symptoms of depression and anxiety will be assessed at four points: at the beginning of the study (baseline) and at follow-up assessments approximately 4, 12 and 16 months after baseline.


Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Estimated Enrollment : 200 participants
Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Prevention
Official Title: R4Power: An Online Resilience Program for Adolescents
Study Start Date : October 2007
Estimated Primary Completion Date : October 2009
Estimated Study Completion Date : October 2009

Resource links provided by the National Library of Medicine

MedlinePlus related topics: Anxiety
U.S. FDA Resources

Arm Intervention/treatment
Experimental: 1
R4Power Program
Behavioral: R4Power Program
In the 10-lesson online R4Power Program, adolescents will learn cognitive skills (link between thoughts, feelings, and behaviors; thinking traps; challenging negative beliefs) and problem-solving skills (assertiveness; relaxation and distraction; overcoming procrastination; decision-making) in order to cope with stressful situations.
Other Name: R4Power1
2
Waitlist Control
Other: Waitlist Control
Adolescents in the waitlist control group will complete the R4Power program during the second year of the study.
Other Name: R4Power2



Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Adolescents' coping strategies by self-report [ Time Frame: Measured at baseline and follow-ups approximately 4, 12, and 16 months after baseline ]
  2. Adolescents' depressive symptoms by self-report [ Time Frame: Measured at baseline and follow-ups approximately 4, 12, and 16 months after baseline ]

Secondary Outcome Measures :
  1. Adolescents' symptoms of anxiety by self-report [ Time Frame: Measured at baseline and follow-ups approximately 4, 12, and 16 months after baseline ]


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Ages Eligible for Study:   11 Years to 15 Years   (Child)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes
Criteria

Inclusion Criteria:

  • 6th-8th grade students attending participating school OR adolescents aged 11-15 living in greater Philadelphia area
  • Access to high speed internet connection (at home, school, or another location)

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Below 6th grade reading level, as reported by parents

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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier (NCT number): NCT00641368


Contacts
Contact: Jane E. Gillham, Ph.D. 610-957-6010 info@positivepsych.org

Locations
United States, Pennsylvania
Swarthmore College Recruiting
Swarthmore, Pennsylvania, United States, 19081
Contact: Jane E. Gillham, Ph.D.    610-957-6010    info@positivepsych.org   
Principal Investigator: Jane E. Gillham, Ph.D.         
Sponsors and Collaborators
Swarthmore College
Investigators
Principal Investigator: Jane E. Gillham, Ph.D. Swarthmore College

Responsible Party: Jane E. Gillham, Ph.D., Swarthmore College
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT00641368     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 07-08-003
First Posted: March 24, 2008    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: March 24, 2008
Last Verified: March 2008

Keywords provided by Swarthmore College:
Adolescent
Child
Computer
Depression
Resilience

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Depression
Behavioral Symptoms