Improving Emotion Regulation Following Web-Based Group Intervention for Individuals with Traumatic Brain Injury

Theodore Tsaousides, Lisa Spielman, Maria Kajankova, Gabrielle Guetta, Wayne Gordon, Kristen Dams-O'Connor

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Abstract

Objective: Preliminary evaluation of the efficacy of a Web-based group intervention (Online EmReg) to improve emotion regulation (ER) in individuals with traumatic brain injury (TBI). Design: Pre-/post-within-subject design with baseline, end-of-treatment, and 12-week follow-up assessments. Participants: Ninety-one individuals with TBI and deficits in ER. Intervention: Twenty-four sessions of training in ER skills delivered by group videoconference. Measures: Difficulties in Emotion Regulation Scale (DERS), Positive Affect Negative Affect Schedule (PANAS), Satisfaction With Life Scale (SWLS), Problem Solving Inventory (PSI), Social Problem Solving Inventory-Revised: Short Form (SPSI-R:S), and Dysexecutive Questionnaire (DEX). Results: Significant changes with large effect sizes were found for the DERS at the 12-week follow-up assessment. Significant and moderate changes were found on the SWLS, DEX, PSI, and subscales of the PANAS and SPSI-R:S. Conclusions: Online EmReg appears to be a promising method of delivering a group intervention to improve ER following TBI.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)354-365
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation
Volume32
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - 2017

Keywords

  • emotion regulation
  • group treatment
  • telerehabilitation
  • traumatic brain injury
  • videoconferencing

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