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Impact of an Online Positive Affect Journaling Intervention in Cancer Survivors

21 Years
80 Years
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Stress, Cancer

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Trial Information

Impact of an Online Positive Affect Journaling Intervention in Cancer Survivors

Inclusion Criteria:

- Fluently speaks, writes, and read English

- Have a cancer diagnosis

- Be between 21-80 years of age

- Score 8-15 on the anxiety subscale of the Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scales

- Have access to the Internet

- Have an ECOG Performance Status of 0 (Fully active) through 3 (Limited self-care)

Exclusion Criteria:

- Receiving treatment for depression, anxiety or other mental illness, with therapy
(e.g., Cognitive and Behavioral Therapy) or medications (e.g., SSRI)

- High risk for suicidality on the Structured Clinical Interview for DSM Disorders

- Pregnant or planning to get pregnant in the next 3 months

- Moving in the next 6 months

Type of Study:


Study Design:

Allocation: Randomized, Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study, Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment, Masking: Open Label, Primary Purpose: Treatment

Outcome Measure:

Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale

Outcome Description:

The HADS consists of two scales; A (anxiety) - with 7 items [Cronbach's alpha = 0.86] and D (depression) - with 7 items [Cronbach's alpha = 0.71]) and has been validated with cancer patients.

Outcome Time Frame:

3 month follow up

Safety Issue:


Principal Investigator

Christopher Sciamanna

Investigator Role:

Principal Investigator

Investigator Affiliation:

Penn State Hershey Medical Center


United States: Institutional Review Board

Study ID:




Start Date:

June 2013

Completion Date:

June 2014

Related Keywords:

  • Stress
  • Cancer



Penn State Hershey Medical Center Hershey, Pennsylvania  17033