A randomized controlled trial of a self-guided, multimedia, stress management and resilience training program.
|Title||A randomized controlled trial of a self-guided, multimedia, stress management and resilience training program.|
|Publication Type||Journal Article|
|Year of Publication||2013|
|Authors||Rose RD, Buckey JC, Zbozinek TD, Motivala SJ, Glenn DE, Cartreine JA, Craske MG|
|Journal||Behav Res Ther|
|Date Published||2013 Feb|
|Keywords||Adult, Attention, Cognitive Therapy, Female, Humans, Male, Multimedia, Phobic Disorders, Resilience, Psychological, Self Care, Self Report, Stress, Psychological, Therapy, Computer-Assisted|
BACKGROUND: Stress is a common and costly behavioral health issue. Technology-based behavioral health programs (e.g., computer or web-based programs) are effective for treating anxiety or depression. These programs increase availability of evidence-based interventions to individuals who are not able or willing to receive such in-person treatments. Stress management training has empirical support, but little data exists on its efficacy with stressed but healthy individuals, and there are no prior studies employing a self-guided, multimedia intervention. We conducted a randomized controlled trial of a self-guided, multimedia stress management and resilience training program (SMART-OP) with a stressed but healthy sample.
METHODS: Participants (N = 66) were randomized to SMART-OP or an attention control (AC) group that received marketed videos and published material on stress management. Participants were evaluated on self-report measures and Trier Social Stress Test (TSST) performance. Analyses were based on study completers (N = 59).
RESULTS: SMART-OP group reported significantly less stress, more perceived control over stress, and rated SMART-OP as significantly more useful than AC. During the TSST, the data suggests the SMART-OP group showed greater within-task α-amylase recovery at post-assessment.
CONCLUSIONS: SMART-OP is highly usable and is a more effective and useful stress management training program than an educational comparison.
|Alternate Journal||Behav Res Ther|