An internet-based emotion regulation intervention versus no intervention for nonsuicidal self-injury in adolescents: study protocol for a feasibility trial

Britt Morthorst*, Lotte Rubæk, Jane Lindschou, Janus Christian Jakobsen, Christian Gluud, Johan Bjureberg, Clara Hellner, Bo Møhl, Anne Katrine Pagsberg

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Abstract

Background: Non-suicidal self-injury (NSSI) has gained increased attention in recent years due to increased prevalence, especially among adolescents. Evidence-based interventions for NSSI are sparse. Emotion regulation individual therapy for adolescents (ERITA) is an online intervention that needs investigation. Non-randomised studies suggest ERITA improves emotion regulations skills and reduces NSSI frequency. Before conducting a large pragmatic randomised clinical trial, we aim to investigate the feasibility of ERITA in Denmark. Methods: A randomised, parallel group feasibility trial comparing ERITA as add on to treatment as usual versus treatment as usual in 30 adolescents age 13–17 years with recurrent NSSI referred to outpatient clinics in The Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services in the Capital Region of Denmark. Feasibility outcomes are (1) completion of follow-up, (2) the fraction of eligible participants who consent to inclusion and randomisation and (3) compliance with the intervention. Clinical outcomes such as self-injury frequency and the ability to regulate emotions will be investigated exploratorily. Discussion: Internet-based interventions are assumed to be appealing to adolescents by being easily accessible and easy to navigate by tech natives. Disclosure of self-injury behaviour may be facilitated by an online intervention. The evidence for self-injury specific treatment needs to be extended but prior to a large clinical trial, the feasibility of methods and procedures must be assessed. Trial registration: ClinicalTrials.Gov Identifier: NCT04243603.

Original languageEnglish
Article number44
JournalPilot and Feasibility Studies
Volume7
Number of pages10
ISSN2055-5784
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 6. Feb 2021

Keywords

  • Emotion regulation individual therapy for adolescents (ERITA)
  • Internet-based intervention
  • Non-suicidal self-injury
  • Randomised feasibility trial

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