The aim of subproject SP3 is to evaluate the effectiveness and acceptance of the treatment program (ALMAMAR) developed in the preceding subproject SP2 in an internet-based variant in comparison to a face-to-face intervention and a wait-list control group. It will also be investigated which persons of the refugees benefit from an internet-based version and for whom a face-to-face intervention is more suitable.
ALMAMAR is based on the "Common Elements Treatment Approach" (CETA). This transdiagnostic approach is not limited to a specific mental disorder (e.g. post-traumatic stress disorder), but allows treatment of refugees with different mental health problems.
With the help of a large-scale study (RCT), the following questions are examined:
- Is the internet-based ALMAMAR intervention just as effective as the classic, face-to-face version of ALMAMAR?
- Are both variants of ALMAMAR more effective than no intervention at all (wait-list control group)?
- What are the factors that influence ALMAMAR's effectiveness?
- How satisfied are the participants with the intervention?
Additional study information
The study evaluates the effectiveness of the CETA-based online intervention (MAHARA) developed by SP2 for Arabic-speaking refugees in a three-arm RCT with non-inferiority design. The aim is to include 320 participants in the study (f2f: 140; online: 140; wait-list: 40).
Objectives of the study are:
- Verification of the non-inferiority of the internet based CETA version compared to the face-to-face version
- Verification of the superiority of both active variants compared to a wait-list control group
- Examination of potential moderators of face-to-face and online interventions
- Examination of the satisfaction with the treatment
The following timeline schematically describes the course of the randomized control group study to evaluate the efficacy of CETA/ALMAMAR interventions. Some phases of the study, e.g. recruitment and data collection, may occur simultaneously.
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Prof. Dr. Babette Renneberg, Freie Universität Berlin, Abteilung Klinische Psychologie und Psychotherapie
Prof. Dr. phil. Birgit Wagner, MSB Medical School Berlin, Hochschule für Gesundheit und Medizin