Trial document




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  DRKS00010190

Trial Description

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Title

Brief behavioral therapeutic intervention for reducing depersonalization during exams in test anxiety

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Trial Acronym

KURD

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URL of the Trial

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Brief Summary in Lay Language

Depersonalization describes the change in the perception of the own thoughts and feelings, e.g. hearing the own voice as a foreign or removed. Symptoms of depersonalization do often occur during stressful situations. Not infrequently, these perceptions are experienced as strange, disturbing and/or frightening. The aim of the study is to investigate whether the severity of experienced depersonalization can be reduced by a brief behavioral therapeutic group training. The effectiveness of the intervention will be tested on students and trainees with test anxiety, who suffered from the occurrence of depersonalization in past exams.

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Brief Summary in Scientific Language

The study aims to investigate whether an intervention group of students and trainees with test anxiety who suffer from depersonalization symptoms during past exams, that receive a brief behavioral therapeutic training (consisting of psychoeducation, interoceptive exposure exercises) experience less severe symptoms of depersonalization during the Trier Social Stress Test in groups (TSST-G; von Dawans, Kirschbaum, & Heinrichs, 2011) than a waitlist control group.

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Organizational Data

  •   DRKS00010190
  •   2016/03/22
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  •   Approved
  •   EK 38022016, Ethikkommission der Medizinischen Fakultät der Technischen Universität Dresden
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Secondary IDs

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Health Condition or Problem studied

  •   Depersonalisation in test anxiety
  •   F40.2 -  Specific (isolated) phobias
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Interventions/Observational Groups

  •   Intervention group: students and trainees who receive a brief behavioral therapeutic intervention (1/2 day, behavioral therapeutic group training consisting of psychoeducation, interoceptive exposure exercises) before undergoing the Trier Social Stress Test in groups (TSST-G; von Dawans, Kirschbaum, & Heinrichs, 2011). Dates are collected before and after the intervention, during and after the TSST-G and after a real exam in context of the participant’s studies/training.
  •   Waitlist control group: students and trainees who obtain an active waiting period (1/2 day) before undergoing the Trier Social Stress Test in groups (TSST-G; von Dawans, Kirschbaum, & Heinrichs, 2011). Dates are collected before and after the waiting period, during and after the TSST-G and after a real exam in context of the participant’s studies/training.
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Characteristics

  •   Interventional
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  •   Randomized controlled trial
  •   Open (masking not used)
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  •   Control group receives no treatment
  •   Treatment
  •   Parallel
  •   II-III
  •   N/A
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Primary Outcome

Significant difference between the intervention and of the waitlist control group in the reported severity of experienced depersonalization during the Trier Social Stress Test for groups (TSST-G; von Dawans, Kirschbaum, & Heinrichs, 2011), measured with the adapted version of the German Cambridge Depersonalization Scale (original: Sierra, 2000; German version: adapted version: Michal et al, 2004; Hoyer, Braeuer, Crawcour, Klumbies, & Kirschbaum 2013) directly after the TSST-G.

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Secondary Outcome

Significant difference between the intervention and of the waitlist control group in the situational cognitive assessment at the beginning of the Trier Social Stress Test in groups (TSST-G; von Dawans, Kirschbaum, & Heinrichs, 2011), as measured by the Primary appraisal Secondary-Appraisal Questionnaire (Gaab et al, 2005), in the heart rate variability during the performance of TSST-G and the reported level of experienced anxiety, measured with the state scale of the State-Trait anxiety inventory (German version: Laux, Glanzmann, Schaffner, & Spielberger, 1981) immediately after the TSST-G.

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Countries of Recruitment

  •   Germany
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Locations of Recruitment

  • other 
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Recruitment

  •   Actual
  •   2016/04/10
  •   68
  •   Monocenter trial
  •   National
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Inclusion Criteria

  •   Both, male and female
  •   18   Years
  •   70   Years
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Additional Inclusion Criteria

Test anxiety (cut-off percentile ranks > 75 in test anxiety questionnaire; Hodapp, Rohrmann, & Ringeisen, 2011), min. 1 Item in the retrospective survey for the last exam with the adapted version of the German Cambridge Depersonalization Scale (Hoyer, Braeuer, Crawcour, Klumbies, & Kirschbaum, 2013) in the field of high intensity (> 66) and an average value of min. 20 in the scale, the depersonalization during examination situations is experienced as unpleasant, annoying or alienating (newly created items)

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Exclusion Criteria

dissociative disorder, addictive disorders (except nicotine) , psychotic disorder, Borderline personality disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, severe depressive episode, heart disease, epilepsy, migraine, pregnancy, current psychotherapeutic or psychiatric treatment, average consumption of more than 10 cigarettes per day

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Addresses

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    • Technische Universität Dresden
    • Mr.  Prof. Dr.  Jürgen  Hoyer 
    • Hohe Str. 53
    • 01187  Dresden
    • Germany
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    • Technische Universität Dresden
    • Mr.  Prof. Dr.  Jürgen  Hoyer 
    • Hohe Str. 53
    • 01187  Dresden
    • Germany
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    • Technische Universität Dresden
    • Mr.  Prof. Dr.  Jürgen  Hoyer 
    • Hohe Str. 53
    • 01187  Dresden
    • Germany
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Sources of Monetary or Material Support

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    • Technische Universität Dresden
    • Mr.  Prof. Dr.  Jürgen  Hoyer 
    • Hohe Str. 53
    • 01187  Dresden
    • Germany
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    • Gesellschaft von Freunden und Förderern der TU Dresden e.V.
    • 01062  Dresden
    • Germany
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Status

  •   Recruiting complete, follow-up complete
  •   2017/09/30
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Trial Publications, Results and other Documents

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