Researchers from UCLA conducted a randomized controlled trial of a web-based, self-guided, multimedia stress management and resilience training program (SMART-OP) with a stressed but healthy sample.

Sixty-six participants were randomized to SMART-OP or an attention control (AC) group that received marketed videos and published material on stress management.
Participants were evaluated on self-report measures and the Trier Social Stress Test (TSST). Analyses were based on study completers (N = 59).

The SMART-OP group reported significantly less stress, more perceived control over stress, and rated SMART-OP as significantly more useful than the attention control arm. In addition, the SMART-OP group showed greater within-task α-amylase recovery at post-assessment.

The researchers conclude that SMART-OP is highly usable and more effective and useful stress management training program than an educational comparison.

Citation:  Rose RD1, Buckey JC Jr, Zbozinek TD, Motivala SJ, Glenn DE, Cartreine JA, Craske MG. A randomized controlled trial of a self-guided, multimedia, stress management and resilience training program.  Behaviour Research and Therapy. 2013 Feb;51 (2):106-12. [email protected]