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Emotion Regulation Strategies for Emotional Regulation Issues

Led By Matthew W Southward, Ph.D.
Research Sponsored by Matthew Southward
Eligibility Criteria Checklist
Specific guidelines that determine who can or cannot participate in a clinical trial
Must have
Be older than 18 years old
Screening 3 weeks
Treatment Varies
Follow Up once every 2 weeks for 6 weeks (4 times total)
Awards & highlights

Study Summary

This trial tests if personalized or standardized emotion regulation helps reduce negative emotion intensity, with the hope of developing evidence-based, personalized interventions.

Who is the study for?
This trial is for individuals with conditions like PTSD, OCD, depression, eating disorders, and anxiety who struggle with regulating their emotions. Participants must be proficient in English and have access to a smartphone. It's not suitable for those needing more than outpatient care.Check my eligibility
What is being tested?
The study tests whether personalized or standardized emotion regulation skills can reduce negative emotions daily. It will also try matching participants to the best skill training based on initial data to see if this approach is effective and practical.See study design
What are the potential side effects?
Since the interventions involve psychological techniques such as 'Checking the Facts', 'Opposite to Emotion Action', and mindfulness exercises, side effects may include emotional discomfort or increased self-awareness during the process.


Screening ~ 3 weeks
Treatment ~ Varies
Follow Up ~once every 2 weeks for 6 weeks (4 times total)
This trial's timeline: 3 weeks for screening, Varies for treatment, and once every 2 weeks for 6 weeks (4 times total) for reporting.

Treatment Details

Study Objectives

Outcome measures can provide a clearer picture of what you can expect from a treatment.
Primary outcome measures
Changes in Positive and Negative Affect Schedule-Short Form
Secondary outcome measures
Changes in Breath-Counting Task
Changes in Five-Factor Model Score Sheet
Changes in Hamilton Anxiety Rating Scale
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Trial Design

2Treatment groups
Active Control
Group I: Personalized ConditionActive Control3 Interventions
Participants will learn one of three emotion regulation skills (i.e., cognitive restructuring, opposite to emotion action, mindfulness) that is their personal strength, based on pre-Baseline emotion regulation capacities. They will watch an interactive video, created for the current study, in which they are taught the skill that is their personal strength. They will also be asked to complete a survey during the video in which they will input their own examples to practice the skill and to ensure attention to and comprehension of the material.
Group II: Standardized ConditionActive Control3 Interventions
Participants will learn all three ER skills: cognitive restructuring, opposite to emotion action, and mindfulness. Participants will be asked to watch three interactive videos that cover each skill to provide an analogue to clinical practice in which clinicians must choose whether to provide greater breadth or depth of skill coverage. These videos will be presented in a randomized order and will include the same surveys for attention and comprehension used in the Personalized Condition.

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Who is running the clinical trial?

Matthew SouthwardLead Sponsor
National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)NIH
2,796 Previous Clinical Trials
2,679,684 Total Patients Enrolled
1 Trials studying Emotional Regulation
838 Patients Enrolled for Emotional Regulation
Matthew W Southward, Ph.D.Principal InvestigatorUniversity of Kentucky

Media Library

Checking the Facts Clinical Trial Eligibility Overview. Trial Name: NCT05651295 — N/A
Emotional Regulation Research Study Groups: Personalized Condition, Standardized Condition
Emotional Regulation Clinical Trial 2023: Checking the Facts Highlights & Side Effects. Trial Name: NCT05651295 — N/A
Checking the Facts 2023 Treatment Timeline for Medical Study. Trial Name: NCT05651295 — N/A
Emotional Regulation Patient Testimony for trial: Trial Name: NCT05651295 — N/A

Frequently Asked Questions

These questions and answers are submitted by anonymous patients, and have not been verified by our internal team.

Are participants being sought for this medical experiment currently?

"From what is indicated on clinicaltrials.gov, this trial has stopped recruiting patients; it was initially posted on January 1st 2023 and last updated on December 12th 2022. However, there remains an abundance of other studies actively seeking participants at the current time - 2579 to be precise."

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Who else is applying?

What portion of applicants met pre-screening criteria?
Met criteria
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How many prior treatments have patients received?
What state do they live in?
What site did they apply to?
University of Kentucky

Why did patients apply to this trial?

i've tried many ways but failed. I am diagnosed with multiple disorders that effect mood regulation and I am looking for ways to learn how to manage and cope with these mood disturbances.
PatientReceived 2+ prior treatments
I've tried many things over the years just to live, or even feel like im living a normal life. Nothing has ever worked, and now i'm close to losing my husband, my family, everything, but i can't seem to control my behaviors.
PatientReceived no prior treatments
~260 spots leftby Dec 2025