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Online Support Groups for Depression and Anxiety

2014-08-27 03:12:43 | BioPortfolio

Summary

The purpose of this study is to determine the effectiveness of online support groups for anxiety and depression.

Description

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.

Study Design

Allocation: Randomized, Control: Active Control, Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment, Masking: Open Label, Primary Purpose: Treatment

Conditions

Depression

Intervention

Online support group, Expressive writing

Location

University College London
London
United Kingdom
WC1E 6BT

Status

Recruiting

Source

University College, London

Results (where available)

View Results

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Published on BioPortfolio: 2014-08-27T03:12:43-0400

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