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Prevalence and predictors of distress associated with completion of an online survey assessing mental health and suicidality in the community

Batterham, Philip; Calear, Alison; Carragher, Natacha; Sunderland, Matthew

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While there is evidence that mental health surveys do not typically increase distress, limited research has examined distress in online surveys. The study investigated whether completion of a 60-min online community-based mental health survey (n = 3620) was associated with reliable increases in psychological distress. 2.5% of respondents had a reliable increase in distress, compared to 5.0% with a reliable decrease, and decreased distress overall across the sample (Cohen's d = −0.22, p <...[Show more]

dc.contributor.authorBatterham, Philip
dc.contributor.authorCalear, Alison
dc.contributor.authorCarragher, Natacha
dc.contributor.authorSunderland, Matthew
dc.date.accessioned2021-09-07T00:56:03Z
dc.identifier.issn0165-1781
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1885/247390
dc.description.abstractWhile there is evidence that mental health surveys do not typically increase distress, limited research has examined distress in online surveys. The study investigated whether completion of a 60-min online community-based mental health survey (n = 3620) was associated with reliable increases in psychological distress. 2.5% of respondents had a reliable increase in distress, compared to 5.0% with a reliable decrease, and decreased distress overall across the sample (Cohen's d = −0.22, p < 0.001). Initial depression/anxiety symptoms were associated with increased distress, but suicidality was not. Online mental health surveys are associated with low prevalence of increased distress.
dc.description.sponsorshipPJB, ALC and MS are supported by NHMRC Fellowships 1083311, 1122544 and 1053237 respectively, and the study was funded by NHMRC Project Grant 1043952
dc.format.mimetypeapplication/pdf
dc.language.isoen_AU
dc.publisherElsevier
dc.rights© 2017 Elsevier B.V.
dc.rights.urihttp://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/
dc.sourcePsychiatry Research
dc.titlePrevalence and predictors of distress associated with completion of an online survey assessing mental health and suicidality in the community
dc.typeJournal article
local.description.notesImported from ARIES
local.identifier.citationvolume262
dc.date.issued2017
local.identifier.absfor111714 - Mental Health
local.identifier.ariespublicationa383154xPUB8389
local.publisher.urlhttps://www.elsevier.com/en-au
local.type.statusAccepted Version
local.contributor.affiliationBatterham, Philip, College of Health and Medicine, ANU
local.contributor.affiliationCalear, Alison, College of Health and Medicine, ANU
local.contributor.affiliationCarragher, Natacha, University of New South Wales
local.contributor.affiliationSunderland, Matthew, University of New South Wales
dc.relationhttp://purl.org/au-research/grants/nhmrc/1083311
dc.relationhttp://purl.org/au-research/grants/nhmrc/1122544
dc.relationhttp://purl.org/au-research/grants/nhmrc/1053237
dc.relationhttp://purl.org/au-research/grants/nhmrc/1043952
local.bibliographicCitation.startpage348
local.bibliographicCitation.lastpage350
local.identifier.doi10.1016/j.psychres.2017.08.048
dc.date.updated2020-11-23T10:58:36Z
local.identifier.scopusID2-s2.0-85028307525
local.identifier.thomsonIDMEDLINE:28843625
dcterms.accessRightsOpen Access
dc.provenancehttps://v2.sherpa.ac.uk/id/publication/16060..."The Accepted Version can be archived in an Institutional Repository. 24 Months. CC BY-NC-ND." from SHERPA/RoMEO site (as at 13/09/2021).
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