A web-based approach to managing stress and mood disorders in the workforce

J Occup Environ Med. 2008 Aug;50(8):960-8. doi: 10.1097/JOM.0b013e31816c435b.


Objective: To evaluate the effectiveness of a web-based multimedia health promotion program for the workplace, designed to help reduce stress and to prevent depression, anxiety, and substance abuse.

Methods: Using a randomized controlled trial design, 309 working adults were randomly assigned to the web-based condition or to a wait-list control condition. All participants were assessed on multiple self-reported outcomes at pretest and posttest.

Results: Relative to controls, the web-based group reduced their stress, increased their knowledge of depression and anxiety, developed more positive attitudes toward treatment, and adopted a more healthy approach to alcohol consumption.

Conclusions: We found that a brief and easily adaptable web-based stress management program can simultaneously reduce worker stress and address stigmatized behavioral health problems by embedding this prevention material into a more positive stress management framework.

Publication types

  • Randomized Controlled Trial
  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural

MeSH terms

  • Adaptation, Psychological
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Alcoholism / prevention & control*
  • Alcoholism / psychology
  • Efficiency
  • Female
  • Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice
  • Health Promotion / methods
  • Humans
  • Internet*
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Mood Disorders / therapy*
  • Occupational Health*
  • Stress, Psychological / therapy*
  • Treatment Outcome
  • Young Adult