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Experiences of internet-delivered and work-focused cognitive behavioral therapy for stress: A qualitative study
Linköping University, Department of Behavioural Sciences and Learning, Psychology. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
Karolinska Inst, Sweden.
Karolinska Inst, Sweden.
Karolinska Inst, Sweden.
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2019 (English)In: Internet Interventions, ISSN 2214-7829, INTERNET INTERVENTIONS-THE APPLICATION OF INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY IN MENTAL AND BEHAVIOURAL HEALTH, Vol. 18, article id 100282Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Introduction

Stress is one of the major challenges of modern society, causing significant costs and personal problems. In the recent decade a growing body of research has provided support for the efficacy of internet interventions for stress. However, few studies have focused on how participants experience internet interventions for stress.

Method

The current study was a qualitative follow-up study of an internet-delivered and work-focused cognitive behavioral treatment for stress. The aim was to capture participants' experiences of the treatment and their views on effects on health and well-being. Participants were selected from a controlled study (n = 27), using a criterion-based sampling approach selecting those participants who had completed all treatment modules. Nine semi-structured interviews were held, and the material was analyzed using Thematic Analysis.

Results

The results indicated that most of the participants experienced positive effects on their mental health and well-being in both life and at work. All participants emphasized the importance of having access to therapist support. In line with previous research, participants found the intervention to be extensive and demanding and expressed the need for extended treatment time and therapist support.

Conclusions

Considering the limitations of the present study, future research could examine the feasibility of reducing the length of each session, extending deadlines and increasing therapist support. This could improve treatment efficacy and further enhance utilization in the target population.

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Elsevier, 2019. Vol. 18, article id 100282
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Stress; Experiences; Internet; Cognitive behavior therapy; Work
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Applied Psychology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-162876DOI: 10.1016/j.invent.2019.100282ISI: 000500917500026PubMedID: 31737490Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85074567848OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-162876DiVA, id: diva2:1381853
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Funding Agencies|Swedish Council for Working and Life Research (FORTE); Swedens Municipalities and County Councils (SKL)

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