Feasibility of Self-Guided Online Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for University Students During COVID-19

Daniel K. W. Young*, Per Carlbring, Petrus Y. N. Ng, Qi Rong J. Chen

*Corresponding author for this work

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Objective: This study aimed to test the feasibility and efficacy of a self-guided online cognitive behaviour therapy (iCBT) for university students in Hong Kong during COVID-19. 

Method: One group pre-post-test design with convenient sampling was adopted in this study, involving 84 university students who received a newly developed iCBT within an 8 week intervention period. The iCBT offered eight online modules for students to learn the skills of CBT at home through an online platform which was accessible any time anywhere anonymously with technical support only. Standardized assessment tools were used for outcomes assessment at the pre- and post-intervention periods. 

Results: Three quarters of participants completed all iCBT modules. The results of paired t-tests showed that, after completing the iCBT, participants showed reduction in anxiety, depression, and perceived stress. 

Conclusion: This study provides preliminary evidences to support the feasibility and efficacy of the self-guided iCBT for university students during COVID-19.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)898-911
Number of pages14
JournalResearch on Social Work Practice
Issue number8
Early online date23 Apr 2022
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2022

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Psychology(all)
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Sociology and Political Science

User-Defined Keywords

  • anxiety
  • COVID-19 outbreak
  • depression
  • feasibility of self-guided online cognitive behavioral therapy for university students during COVID-19
  • online cognitive behavioral therapy


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