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Effect of emotional regulation training on depression, anxiety and stress among the patients with alcohol dependence admitted in selected de-addiction centers at south India

  • C. Cathalin Pressy Dallia , V. Sujatha EMAIL logo and S. Nalini



The purpose of the study was to assess the effect of emotional regulation training on depression, anxiety, and stress among patients with alcohol dependence.

Depression, anxiety, and stress are very common negative emotions seen in the patients with alcohol dependence which leads to relapse of the condition. The emotional regulation could help the individuals to overcome the negative emotions.


The present study adopted a one-group pretest and posttest in a preexperimental design.

A total of 30 patients with alcohol dependence in two de-addiction centers were recruited using a convenience sampling technique. In this study, the participant received the intervention of emotional regulation training for 13 days to overcome negative emotions. On the 14th-day posttest was conducted.


There was a statistically significant difference found in the mean scores of depression, anxiety, and stress at p<0.001 level between the pre and posttest. There was no significant association found between the scores of depression, anxiety, stress, and any of the background variables of the patients with alcohol dependence throughout the pretest and posttest.


The study proved that emotional regulation training is an effective intervention in reducing negative emotions like depression, anxiety, and stress among patients with alcohol dependence.


I thank the Managing Trustee Sri Ramachandra Institute of Higher Education and Research, formerly Sri Ramachandra University (Deemed To Be University), for allowing me to utilize the resources available in the University.

  1. Author contributions: All the authors have accepted responsibility for the entire content of this submitted manuscript and approved submission.

  2. Research funding: None declared.

  3. Employment or leadership: None declared.

  4. Honorarium: None declared.

  5. Competing interests: The funding organization(s) played no role in the study design; in the collection, analysis, and interpretation of data; in the writing of the report; or in the decision to submit the report for publication.


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Received: 2019-01-10
Accepted: 2019-03-13
Published Online: 2019-09-12

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