Rumination Focus Cognitive Behavior Therapy (iRFCBT)

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West University of Timisoara

Status

Unknown

Conditions

Social Phobia
Panic Disorder
Generalized Anxiety Disorder
Dysthymic Disorder
Depression

Treatments

Behavioral: Rumination-Focused CBT (RFCBT)

Study type

Interventional

Funder types

Other

Identifiers

NCT03507114
WUTimisoara-iRFCBT

Details and patient eligibility

About

1. To investigate the efficacy and acceptability of a guided internet-delivered transdiagnostic intervention targeting repetitive negative thinking for individuals with elevated levels of depression and generalized anxiety disorder (mild to moderate clinical symptoms) vs a wait-list control group (WLCG). 2. To investigate the hypothesized mechanism of change: Repetitive negative thinking is reduced first, and consequently the clinical symptoms (depression and/or anxiety) decrease.

Full description

The effectiveness of a Rumination Focused Cognitive-Behavioral Treatment (RF-CBT) will be compared with a wait list control group using a randomized control trial (RCT) design in a culture where this has not been tested before. The treatment approach was design to specifically target repetitive negative thinking (e.g., rumination and worries). Specifically, the treatment involves first a functional analysis design to help participants identify when rumination starts, distinguish between helpful versus unhelpful repetitive thinking, and learn more functional responses, and experiential and imagery exercises design to help them shift their thought processing towards concreteness, absorption and compassion. The main goal of the study is to test the effectiveness of this transdiagnostic approach in reducing symptom of depression and anxiety.

Enrollment

90 estimated patients

Sex

All

Ages

18+ years old

Volunteers

No Healthy Volunteers

Inclusion criteria

  1. be fluent in Romanian,
  2. be at least 18 years of age,
  3. display elevated levels of worry and/or rumination (e.g., at least one self-report score above the following cut-offs: Penn State Worry Questionnaire Total score > 50 and/or Rumination Response Scale - Brooding sub-scale ≥ 10)
  4. have at least a clinical diagnosis of major depressive disorder/dysthymia, and/or generalized anxiety disorder, and/or social anxiety disorder, and/or panic disorder, or any combination of these conditions on Structured Clinical Interview for the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual for Mental Disorders (SCID-I)

Exclusion criteria

  1. suicidal plans,
  2. changes in the dosage if psychotropic medication during the last month (if present),
  3. have bipolar disorder or psychosis (according to medication status)
  4. have an alcohol/substance abuse and/or dependence disorder
  5. currently take part in other psychological treatment,
  6. obvious obstacle to participation (i.e., no current Internet access, long travel plans during the treatment period etc.);
  7. have a primary diagnostic of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and/or Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

Trial design

Primary purpose

Treatment

Allocation

Randomized

Interventional model

Parallel Assignment

Masking

Single Blind

90 participants in 2 patient groups

Rumination-Focused CBT (RFCBT)
Experimental group
Description:
RFCBT seeks to change the process of thinking as opposed to the content of thoughts as in standard CBT. The underlying idea is that shifting individuals repetitive negative thinking into the concrete mode will reduce unconstructive ruminations and worries.
Treatment:
Behavioral: Rumination-Focused CBT (RFCBT)
Wait List Control Group
No Intervention group
Description:
This arm represents the wait-list comparison group.

Trial contacts and locations

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Central trial contact

Bogdan Tudor Tulbure, PhD; Edward Watkins, PhD

Data sourced from clinicaltrials.gov

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