Online Emotion Regulation Group Intervention

ID#: NCT03479606

Age: 18 years - 66+

Gender: All

Healthy Subjects: No

Study Phase: N/A

Recruitment Status: Recruiting

Start Date: March 31, 2018

End Date: August 31, 2023

Contact Information:
Emily Dudek, BS
Summary: This study will examine the efficacy of an emotion regulation intervention delivered online to individuals with traumatic brain injury (TBI) with deficits in emotion regulation. 104 subjects will be enrolled and will receive 24, 60-minute emotion regulation skills-training sessions twice a week for 12 weeks, delivered online in a group video-conference with 3-5 other participants. Participants will be asked to complete online surveys, lasting approximately 40-50 minutes, every four weeks during the intervention and the 12-week follow-up phase. Attendance and compliance will be tracked, and outcomes will be monitored using online data collection methods.

Inclusion Criteria:

- medically documented mild to severe TBI

- at least 6 months post-injury

- deficits in emotional regulation (ER), operationalized as a score of 0.5 standard deviations above published means on the Difficulties in Emotion Regulation Scale (DERS; Gratz & Roemer, 2004)

- English speaking

- adequate communication skills, assessed by the University of California, San Diego Brief Assessment of Capacity to Consent (UBACC)

- access to and ability to use a device that supports GoToMeeting/Zoom, the videoconference software

- active email address

- access to the Internet with adequate broadband

- Lives in the following states for the duration of the 12-week intervention: New York, California, Maryland, North Carolina, Georgia, Missouri, Arizona, New Jersey, Colorado, Florida, or Washington DC

Exclusion Criteria:

- current alcohol or substance abuse

- current psychotic disorder, mood disorder with psychotic features or current suicidality, assessed by the Mini International Neuropsychiatric Interview