An Online Intervention to Reduce Self-Harm Among Persons With High Emotion-Related Impulsivity

  • End date
    Jul 31, 2023
  • participants needed
  • sponsor
    University of California, Berkeley
Updated on 8 May 2021


The goal of this program is to test a brief, online, cognitive behavioral intervention for people who struggle with self-harm or suicidal urges or behavior in the context of emotion-related impulsivity.


Participants will be asked to complete 7 brief online modules to cover how to understand emotion-triggered impulsivity, to better detect states of high emotion and arousal, to learn new strategies for self-calming high arousal, and to pre-plan how to cope with high arousal states. As part of the program, participants receive daily texts and prompts to remind them of the intervention content and skills. At baseline and follow-up, participants will complete measures of emotion-related impulsivity, self-harm, and suicidality.

Condition Suicidal Ideation, Suicide, Suicide, Parasuicide, Impulsive Behavior, Impulsivity, impulsive
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Clinical Study IdentifierNCT04781166
SponsorUniversity of California, Berkeley
Last Modified on8 May 2021


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Inclusion Criteria

at least 13 years of age
engaged in mental health care
evidence of either self-harm or suicidal urges or behavior in the past 3 months
high levels of emotion-related impulsivity

Exclusion Criteria

inability to adequately take part in the online measures due to problems with intellectual function, language, or other conditions
not currently living in California
lack of access to a device to privately complete online modules
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