The acceptability and potential benefits of a web-based psychoeducation program for people with pathological dissociation: A pilot evaluation study

Hong Wang Fung*, Chitat Chan, Wai Tong Chien, Yuen Yu Chong, Colin A. Ross

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Abstract

Pathological dissociation is a common trauma-related condition and is associated with considerable health and social care needs. People with pathological dissociation typically require psychosocial interventions, but there are many challenges in providing such interventions for this vulnerable population. An important question that remains unexplored is whether web-based interventions are acceptable and beneficial for people with pathological dissociation. This paper reports the findings of a pilot evaluation study of a web-based psychoeducation program for people with pathological dissociation. A total of 80 participants were included. The preliminary findings revealed that: most participants were satisfied with the web-based program (e.g., most participants agreed that the program helped them understand [94.1%] and manage [66.7%] their mental health conditions and remain hopeful for recovery [78.4%]); and participants had improvements in symptom management (large effect; partial eta squared = .143) and self-esteem (medium-to-large effect; partial eta squared = .111) after the program. However, no improvements in clinical symptoms were observed on measures of post-traumatic or dissociative symptoms. The dropout rate at posttest was 36.3%. This is one of the first studies that evaluated web-based interventions for people with pathological dissociation. Although the web-based program is well-accepted by the participants and might be associated with some potential benefits, the limitations of this pilot study should be acknowledged. Implications are discussed in terms of the directions for future developments of the program and the needs for further evaluation.
Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Trauma & Dissociation
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Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 1 Sep 2022

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Clinical Psychology

User-Defined Keywords

  • Trauma
  • dissociation
  • web-based psychoeducation
  • pilot study
  • mental health

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