My Disaster Recovery: a pilot randomized controlled trial of an Internet intervention

Sarah E. Steinmetz, Charles C. Benight, Sheryl L. Bishop, Lori E. James

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This pilot study tested the efficacy of the My Disaster Recovery (MDR) website to decrease negative affect and increase coping self-efficacy. Fifty-six survivors of Hurricane Ike were recruited from a larger study being conducted at the University of Texas Medical Branch at the first anniversary of the storm. Restricted randomization was used to assign participants to the MDR website, an information-only website, or a usual care condition. Group×time interactions indicated that MDR reduced participant worry more than the other conditions. A similar trend was also identified for depression. Both websites were accessed a small to moderate amount and participants reported mixed satisfaction for both websites. Although the effect sizes for worry and depression were in the moderate to large range, small sample size and timing of the intervention qualify the findings. These preliminary findings encourage further evaluation of MDR with a larger, demographically diverse sample and indicate that the MDR website might be helpful in reducing worry and depression.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)593-600
Number of pages8
JournalAnxiety, Stress and Coping
Issue number5
StatePublished - Sep 2012
Externally publishedYes


  • Internet intervention
  • coping
  • coping self-efficacy
  • disaster
  • posttraumatic stress
  • randomized controlled trial

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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