The need for web-based cognitive behavior therapy among university students

Ove K. Lintvedt, Kristian Srensen, Andreas R. Stvik, Bas Verplanken, Catharina E. Wang

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This study investigates students' need for a web-based cognitive-behavior therapy (CBT) intervention program for preventing depression, the mental health status of those who felt a need for such a program, and underlying factors of the intention to use web-based self-help. A conceptual model for explaining intention to use web-based self-help is proposed. Nearly half of the participants reported a need for help with psychological problems, but only a third of these actually sought help from traditional mental health services. In conclusion, there is a need for web-based self-help, and web-based CBT has the potential to attract a group of students who, so far, have not been reached by traditional mental health services.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)239-258
Number of pages20
JournalJournal of Technology in Human Services
Issue number2-4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2008


  • CBT
  • Depression
  • Internet-based intervention
  • Mental health
  • TPB
  • University

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Social Sciences(all)
  • Computer Networks and Communications


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