Comparative randomized trial of an online cognitive-behavioral therapy program and an online support group for depression and anxiety

Louise A. Ellis, Andrew J. Campbell, Suvena Sethi, Bridianne M. O'Dea

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Abstract

This study examined the effects of an online cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) program (MoodGYM) compared with an online support group (MoodGarden) in decreasing symptoms of depression and anxiety, and improving dysfunctional thoughts, online social support, and CBT literacy in young adults. Thirty-nine university students (aged 18-25) with elevated scores on the Kessler Psychological Distress Scale were allocated to either the MoodGYM, MoodGarden or control condition. Relative to the control condition, participation in the MoodGYM group significantly improved anxiety symptoms and CBT literacy. Similarly, participation in the MoodGarden group significantly improved anxiety symptoms and online social support relative to the control condition. Although it appears that these online resources are beneficial, further research is needed to determine their long-term efficacy. Furthermore, qualitative participant evaluations indicated that improvements may need to be made to MoodGYM to ensure that young adults remain engaged with the program.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)461-467
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Cyber Therapy and Rehabilitation
Volume4
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2011
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • mental health
  • web-based resources
  • cognitive behavior therapy (CBT)
  • online support groups

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