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Effects of Repeated Attachment Security Priming on Depressed Mood: a Clinical Study

The recruitment status of this study is unknown. The completion date has passed and the status has not been verified in more than two years.
Verified September 2012 by University of Southampton.
Recruitment status was:  Not yet recruiting
Sponsor:
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier:
NCT01694030
First Posted: September 26, 2012
Last Update Posted: September 26, 2012
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Information provided by (Responsible Party):
University of Southampton
  Purpose
The purpose of this study is to explore whether asking participants to visualise a secure attachment figure or a neutral event leads to differences in self-reported felt security or depressed mood. Furthermore, the investigators aim to explore whether it is possible to keep a secure prime activated over 3 days via text message visualisation tasks.

Condition Intervention Phase
Unipolar Depression Other: Attachment security priming Phase 1

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Single (Participant)
Primary Purpose: Basic Science
Official Title: Effects of Repeated Attachment Security Priming on Depressed Mood: a Clinical Study

Further study details as provided by University of Southampton:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Depressed Mood 1 [ Time Frame: Depressed mood will be measured on day 7 of the study (immediately after lab primes) ]
    Depressed mood will be measured using the depression and anxiety items from the Profile of Mood States (POMS: McNair, Lorr, & Droppleman, 1992), which equates to 24 items out of the original 65 on the POMS. Respondents use a 5-point Likert-type scale (0=Not at all, 4=Extremely) to rate the extent to which they have experienced various mood states over the past week. This questionnaire takes 5 minutes to complete.


Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Felt Security 1 [ Time Frame: Felt security will be measured on day 7 of the study (after initial lab primes) ]
    To find out whether the experimental manipulation was successful, participants will complete a 16-item measure of Felt Security (Luke, Carnelley, & Sedikides, 2012). This scale consists of ten words relating to feelings of security, comfort and safety (e.g., loved, protected). Participants rate the extent to which the person or scenario in the visualisation task made them feel secure, by rating each item using a 6-point Likert-type scale (1=not at all, 6=very much). This measure takes 3 minutes to complete.

  • Depressed Mood 2 [ Time Frame: Depressed mood will be measured on day 7 of the study (after 3 days of text primes) ]
    Depressed mood will be measured using the depression and anxiety items from the Profile of Mood States (POMS: McNair, Lorr, & Droppleman, 1992), which equates to 24 items out of the original 65 on the POMS. Respondents use a 5-point Likert-type scale (0=Not at all, 4=Extremely) to rate the extent to which they have experienced various mood states over the past week. This questionnaire takes 5 minutes to complete.

  • Depressed Mood 3 [ Time Frame: Depressed mood will be measured on day 11 of the study (24 hours after the last text prime). ]
    Depressed mood will be measured using the depression and anxiety items from the Profile of Mood States (POMS: McNair, Lorr, & Droppleman, 1992), which equates to 24 items out of the original 65 on the POMS. Respondents use a 5-point Likert-type scale (0=Not at all, 4=Extremely) to rate the extent to which they have experienced various mood states over the past week. This questionnaire takes 5 minutes to complete.

  • Felt Security 2 [ Time Frame: Felt security will be measured on day 10 of the study (after 3 days of text primes) ]
    Participants will complete a 16-item measure of Felt Security (Luke, Carnelley, & Sedikides, 2012). This scale consists of ten words relating to feelings of security, comfort and safety (e.g., loved, protected). Participants rate the extent to which the person or scenario in the visualisation task made them feel secure, by rating each item using a 6-point Likert-type scale (1=not at all, 6=very much). This measure takes 3 minutes to complete.

  • Felt Security 3 [ Time Frame: Felt security will be measured on day 11 of the study (24 hours after last text prime) ]
    To find out whether the experimental manipulation was successful, participants will complete a 16-item measure of Felt Security (Luke, Carnelley, & Sedikides, 2012). This scale consists of ten words relating to feelings of security, comfort and safety (e.g., loved, protected). Participants rate the extent to which the person or scenario in the visualisation task made them feel secure, by rating each item using a 6-point Likert-type scale (1=not at all, 6=very much). This measure takes 3 minutes to complete.


Estimated Enrollment: 100
Study Start Date: November 2012
Estimated Study Completion Date: December 2014
Estimated Primary Completion Date: December 2014 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: Neutral Condition
Participants in the neutral (control) condition of the attachment security priming experiment will be asked to spend time visualising neutral events (e.g., supermarket shopping)for 3-10 minutes at a time.
Other: Attachment security priming
Experimental: Secure condition
Participants in the attachment security priming condition will be asked to complete visualisation tasks where they think about a secure attachment figure for between 3 - 10 minutes.
Other: Attachment security priming

  Eligibility

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Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No
Criteria

Inclusion Criteria:

-Anxiety and depressive symptoms

Exclusion Criteria:

-Bipolar disorder

  Contacts and Locations
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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier (NCT number): NCT01694030


Contacts
Contact: Lorna Otway 447764985326 Lorna.Otway@soton.ac.uk

Locations
United Kingdom
College Keep Not yet recruiting
Southampton, Hants, United Kingdom, SO14 3DT
Contact: David Baldwin       D.S.Baldwin@soton.ac.uk   
Principal Investigator: Lorna Otway         
Sponsors and Collaborators
University of Southampton
Investigators
Principal Investigator: Professor Baldwin University of Southampton
  More Information

Responsible Party: University of Southampton
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT01694030     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: University of Southampton: LO6
First Submitted: September 17, 2012
First Posted: September 26, 2012
Last Update Posted: September 26, 2012
Last Verified: September 2012

Keywords provided by University of Southampton:
Attachment security priming
depressed mood

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Depression
Depressive Disorder
Behavioral Symptoms
Mood Disorders
Mental Disorders