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Journal of Occupational & Environmental Medicine:
doi: 10.1097/JOM.0b013e31816c435b
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A Web-Based Approach to Managing Stress and Mood Disorders in the Workforce

Billings, Douglas W. PhD; Cook, Royer F. PhD; Hendrickson, April MA; Dove, David C. PhD

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Abstract

Objective: To evaluate the effectiveness of a web-based multimedia health promotion program for the workplace, designed to help reduce stress and to prevent depression, anxiety, and substance abuse.

Methods: Using a randomized controlled trial design, 309 working adults were randomly assigned to the web-based condition or to a wait-list control condition. All participants were assessed on multiple self-reported outcomes at pretest and posttest.

Results: Relative to controls, the web-based group reduced their stress, increased their knowledge of depression and anxiety, developed more positive attitudes toward treatment, and adopted a more healthy approach to alcohol consumption.

Conclusions: We found that a brief and easily adaptable web-based stress management program can simultaneously reduce worker stress and address stigmatized behavioral health problems by embedding this prevention material into a more positive stress management framework.

©2008The American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine

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