Impact of an Online Positive Affect Journaling Intervention
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|ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT01873599|
Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : June 10, 2013
Last Update Posted : July 10, 2014
|Condition or disease||Intervention/treatment||Phase|
|Stress||Behavioral: Positive Affect Journaling||Not Applicable|
|Study Type :||Interventional (Clinical Trial)|
|Actual Enrollment :||70 participants|
|Intervention Model:||Parallel Assignment|
|Masking:||None (Open Label)|
|Official Title:||Impact of an Online Positive Affect Journaling Intervention|
|Study Start Date :||June 2013|
|Actual Primary Completion Date :||February 2014|
|Actual Study Completion Date :||February 2014|
Participants in the intervention condition will be asked to write for 15 minutes on three days each week to one of the seven positive affect writing prompts on www.stressvax.com. Subjects who do not complete a journal entry within 7 days will receive an email reminder, in case they have lost their password or have some technical problem accessing the site.
Behavioral: Positive Affect Journaling
No Intervention: Control
As there is no clinical standard of care treatment for psychological distress, patients randomized into this condition will receive their usual care. At the end of three months, subjects in this condition will be given access to the positive affect journaling intervention.
- National Health Interview Survey [ Time Frame: 3 month follow up ]The NHIS measures perceived levels of stress over the past 12 months.
- Brief Resilience Scale [ Time Frame: 3 month follow up ]The BRS is a 6-item self-report measure of perceived resilience, including items such as "It does not take me long to recover from a stressful event" The BRS has high levels of internal consistency, with Cronbach's alpha ranging from .80-.91
- Perceived Stress Scale [ Time Frame: 3 month follow up ]The PSS consists of 10 items that assess perceived stress. The items are scored on a 4-point scale (45). The measure demonstrates strong internal consistency with a Cronbach's alpha of .88
- Satisfaction with Life scale [ Time Frame: 3 month follow up ]The SWL is a five-item scale that assesses overall life satisfaction. The SWL has a 2-month test-retest reliability of 0.82 and a Cronbach's alpha of 0.87
- Social Provisions Scale [ Time Frame: 3 month follow up ]The SPS assesses the extent to which one perceives their social relationships to be supportive. This 24-item measure has a Cronbach's alpha of 0.91
- Healthy Days score [ Time Frame: 3 month follow up ]Created by the Centers for Disease Control, this measure assesses the number of days of poor mental health, physical health, poor sleep and other symptoms, as well as overall health
- Positive and Negative Affect Schedule score [ Time Frame: 3 month follow up ]The 20-item PANAS consists of two subscales, in which respondents indicate the extent to which they felt specific positive and negative emotions over a specific time frame. Internal consistencies are high (Crohnbach's alpha = 0.85-0.88)
- Cancer Quality of Life [ Time Frame: 3 month follow up ]The EORTC QLQ-C30 is a questionnaire developed to assess the quality of life of cancer patients.
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|United States, Pennsylvania|
|Penn State Hershey Medical Center|
|Hershey, Pennsylvania, United States, 17033|
|Principal Investigator:||Christopher Sciamanna||Milton S. Hershey Medical Center|