Depressed Mothers in Rural Areas: Web-Facilitated Cognitive Behavioral Treatment (Mom-NetRCT)

This study is currently recruiting participants. (see Contacts and Locations)
Verified March 2014 by Oregon Research Institute
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First received: February 14, 2012
Last updated: March 10, 2014
Last verified: March 2014

Low income mothers of young children represent a disadvantaged group who are at exceptional risk for depressive syndromes and who have increasingly limited access to mental health services. Despite the availability of efficacious treatments, most depressed persons do not receive treatment. Amongst the many barriers to treatment, several of the most substantial, including lack of mental health coverage, difficulties arranging childcare, and the absence of transportation differentially effect women of low socioeconomic status.

For rural women, these difficulties may be compounded by the scarcity of providers within reasonable proximity. The proposed project is designed to evaluate Mom-Net, an internet-facilitated cognitive-behavioral(CBT) intervention for depression, adapted from Lewinsohn's Coping with Depression Course, and tailored to mothers of young children. Mom-Net, which was developed and piloted in an recently completed NIMH-funded investigation (MH070426), was designed to overcome the substantial barriers to treatment participation that exist for mothers experiencing economic hardship and those in rural communities. Though the pilot trial demonstrated that the program was very effective in reducing depressive symptoms and related difficulties, it was conducted under the 'idealized' conditions typical of initial intervention tests (e.g., computers and internet connections were supplied to all participants; access to the internet was provided by a single browser; coaches who provided weekly phone support were research staff, and initial recruitment and motivational interviews sessions were conducted via home visits to participants). These conditions likely facilitated recruitment and retention of participants, as well as ease and fidelity of treatment delivery. Thus one goal of the current project is to evaluate the intervention under conditions that are closer to those of real-world service providers and recipients. The current project is also intended to provide a more rigorous test of the intervention than did the pilot in a number of ways. Participants in the pilot trial will be 300 mothers of 3-5 year old children recruited through Head Start classrooms and prescreened for the presence of elevated depressive symptoms.Subsequent to the pre-intervention assessment, participants will be randomized to either the intervention or facilitated usual care (FUC) condition. The evaluation of the intervention will focus on maternal depressive symptoms, parenting behavior, and child adjustment. Two follow-up assessments (at 12-month and 24-month intervals) will enable us to examine maintenance of effects. Overall, the investigation will contribute to the evidentiary base regarding the dissemination potential of this empirically-supported intervention, adaptations to which have the potential to enable a greater proportion of the population to access and benefit from it.

Condition Intervention
Maternal Depression
Behavioral: Mom-Net
Behavioral: Coach-facilitated Treatment as Usual

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Depressed Mothers in Rural Areas: Web-Facilitated Cognitive Behavioral Treatment

Further study details as provided by Oregon Research Institute:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • PHQ-9 [ Time Frame: 4 months, 16 months, 28 months ]

Estimated Enrollment: 300
Study Start Date: September 2012
Estimated Study Completion Date: June 2016
Estimated Primary Completion Date: June 2016 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: Internet-facilitated CBT Behavioral: Mom-Net
Active Comparator: Coach-facilitated Treatment as Usual Behavioral: Coach-facilitated Treatment as Usual


Genders Eligible for Study:   Female
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Mother of 3-5 year old child(ren)
  • Reside in rural community, as defined by RUCA
  • Meet DSM IV criteria for major or minor depression based on PHQ-9

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Cannot comprehend spoken English
  • Being treated for depression at intake
  Contacts and Locations
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT01535352

United States, Oregon
Options Counseling Services of Oregon Not yet recruiting
Eugene, Oregon, United States, 97401
Contact: Stephen Allen, PhD    541-687-6983   
Oregon Research Institute Recruiting
Eugene, Oregon, United States, 97403
Contact: Lisa Sheeber, PhD    541-484-2123 ext 2139   
Sponsors and Collaborators
Oregon Research Institute
  More Information

No publications provided

Responsible Party: Oregon Research Institute Identifier: NCT01535352     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: R01 MH091199-02
Study First Received: February 14, 2012
Last Updated: March 10, 2014
Health Authority: United States: Institutional Review Board

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Behavioral Symptoms processed this record on October 23, 2014