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Stress Management for Chronic Headaches

This study has been completed.
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Mark A. Lumley, Wayne State University Identifier:
First received: August 10, 2009
Last updated: June 13, 2013
Last verified: June 2013
This interventional, randomized controlled study seeks to test the effects of a novel emotional awareness and expression intervention against relaxation training or no intervention for college students with chronic headaches. These two interventions are conceptually quite distinct, as the former seeks to activate and process anger, whereas the latter, more commonly used technique, seeks to suppress or avoid it.

Condition Intervention
Headaches Behavioral: Anger Awareness and Expression Behavioral: Relaxation Training

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Emotional Awareness and Expression Training and Relaxation Training for People With Chronic Headaches

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Further study details as provided by Mark A. Lumley, Wayne State University:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Headache frequency and severity [ Time Frame: baseline, 6-weeks, 6-months ]

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Headache disability [ Time Frame: baseline, 6-weeks, 6-months ]
  • Mood, self-efficacy, stress symptoms [ Time Frame: baseline and 6-weeks ]

Enrollment: 147
Study Start Date: September 2009
Study Completion Date: May 2011
Primary Completion Date: May 2011 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: Anger awareness and expression
Training for anger awareness and expression
Behavioral: Anger Awareness and Expression
Teaches patients to recognize, experience, and express emotions
Active Comparator: Relaxation Training
Teach patients relaxation training
Behavioral: Relaxation Training
Teaches patients relaxation training
No Intervention: No-treatment control
Assessment only control condition


Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 60 Years   (Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Undergraduate students at Wayne State University who have chronic headaches

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Insufficiently frequent headaches
  • Uninterested in engaging in a stress management intervention
  • Headaches appear due to substance use or head trauma
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00956969

United States, Michigan
Wayne State University
Detroit, Michigan, United States, 48202
Sponsors and Collaborators
Wayne State University
Principal Investigator: Mark A. Lumley, Ph.D. Wayne State University
  More Information

Responsible Party: Mark A. Lumley, Professor, Wayne State University Identifier: NCT00956969     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: WSU0000001
Study First Received: August 10, 2009
Last Updated: June 13, 2013

Keywords provided by Mark A. Lumley, Wayne State University:
stress management
assertiveness training
relaxation training
emotional expression

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Headache Disorders
Neurologic Manifestations
Nervous System Diseases
Signs and Symptoms
Brain Diseases
Central Nervous System Diseases processed this record on August 16, 2017