Online Support Groups for Depression and Anxiety
Recruitment status was: Active, not recruiting
|Depression Anxiety||Behavioral: Online support group Behavioral: Expressive writing||Phase 1 Phase 2|
|Study Design:||Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Treatment
|Official Title:||Randomised Controlled Trial of an Existing Online Support Group for Depression and Anxiety|
- The Center for Epidemiological Studies Depression Scale [ Time Frame: Zero, three and six months ]
- Satisfaction with Life Scale [ Time Frame: Zero, three and six months ]
- The Medical Outcomes Study Social Support Survey [ Time Frame: Zero, three and six months ]
- Generalised Anxiety Disorder Assessment [ Time Frame: Zero, three and six months ]
- The Illness perception questionnaire [ Time Frame: Zero, three and six months ]
|Study Start Date:||May 2010|
|Estimated Study Completion Date:||February 2011|
|Estimated Primary Completion Date:||February 2011 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)|
|Experimental: Online support group||
Behavioral: Online support group
Expressive writing involves people writing about their thoughts and feelings, often upsetting ones, for a short period of time.
|Active Comparator: Expressive writing||
Behavioral: Expressive writing
Online support groups are internet forums where like-minded people give and receive both informational and emotional support.
In recent years the number of online support groups for conditions like depression and anxiety has grown rapidly. Millions of people are thought to be using them around the world. This research aims to help find out whether the use of online support groups is beneficial and to learn more about what happens in these groups.
This research will compare online support groups with expressive writing. Expressive writing involves people writing about their thoughts and feelings, often upsetting ones, for a short period of time. In online support groups giving and receiving support from others can be helpful while expressive writing about emotional issues can be cathartic.
1,000 participants will be recruited online from the UK, USA and Canada and randomly assigned to either an existing online support group or to an expressive writing condition.
Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier: NCT01149265
|University College London|
|London, United Kingdom, WC1E 6BT|
|Principal Investigator:||Chris Barker||University College, London|