Tuesday, 30 April 2013

Satisfaction with therapist-delivered vs. self-administered online cognitive behavioural treatments for depression symptoms in college students

an article by Derek Richards and Ladislav Timulak (Trinity College Dublin, Ireland) published in British Journal of Guidance and Counselling Volume 41 Number 2 (April 2013)


Participants with symptoms of depression received either eight sessions of therapist-delivered email cognitive behaviour therapy (eCBT; n=37), or eight sessions of computerised CBT self-administered treatment (cCBT; n=43).

At post-treatment participants completed a questionnaire to determine what they found satisfying about their online treatment. Quantitative and qualitative analysis was employed to report outcomes.

A sample of 25 participants(eCBT n=10; cCBT n=15) completed the satisfaction questionnaire.

Both groups were satisfied with accessing and using an online treatment and that they had self-control over their treatment. Perceived anonymity was important for the eCBT group. For the cCBT group they found the treatment user-friendly, engaging and also a source of learning.

Both groups disliked that the online treatment could at times be complicated and impersonal.

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