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

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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.

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