Promoting the Psychological Health of Women With SCI: A Virtual World Intervention
The purpose of this project is to test the efficacy of an internet-based psychological health enhancement program for women with spinal cord injury. The intervention will occur in Second Life (SL), which is an online virtual word simulator with a group of women with spinal cord injury.
- Spinal Cord Injuries
- Eligible Ages
- Over 18 Years
- Eligible Genders
- Accepts Healthy Volunteers
- have a traumatic spinal cord injury
- be at least one year post injury
- be able to speak and read English (to participate in the group intervention and complete study questionnaires in English).
- have access to a phone, an email account, and a computer and high-speed Internet connection that meets minimum SL computing requirements.
- have a cognitive impairment that significantly limits their ability to give informed consent, participate in the intervention, or complete study assessments as determined by an inability to correctly answer questions on a comprehension of consent questionnaire
- have a significant visual or hearing impairment that would prohibit their ability to participate in the virtual intervention
- report active suicidality
- live in institutions. Individuals living in community-based group and adult foster homes will be invited to participate.
- Study Type
- Intervention Model
- Parallel Assignment
- Primary Purpose
- None (Open Label)
|Zest is an internet-based psychological health enhancement program for women with spinal cord injury. The intervention will occur in Second Life (SL), which is an online virtual word simulator with a group of women with spinal cord injury.The Zest program will consist of 10 weekly 2-hour group sessions with approximately 8 women using avatars to represent themselves.||
- The University of Texas Health Science Center, Houston
Study ContactDiana Gonzales, BA