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The overall objective of this study is to evaluate the impact of the "Doing What Matters in Times of Stress Guided Self-Help" handbook along with lay helper session on managing stress and emotion on mental distress and well-being. If successful, the study will assess its impact on business performance among women entrepreneurs in Ethiopia.

Clinical Trial Description

The overall objective of this study is to evaluate the impact of the "Doing What Matters in Times of Stress Guided Self-Help Manual" on mental distress and if successful, see its impact on business performance among women entrepreneurs in Ethiopia. The study will be conducted in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. A pilot randomized controlled trial (RCT) will be conducted to investigate the impact of the "Doing What Matters in Times of Stress Guided Self-Help Manual" intervention to reduce psychological distress and functional impairment among women entrepreneurs in Ethiopia. The investigators will screen approximately1200 women over the phone and identify 200 eligible women for the study. An in-person baseline survey will be conducted with the 200 eligible women and the participants will be randomized (using computer generated randomization) to either the doing what matters in times of stress self-help manual intervention (n=100) or wait list control (n=100). This will be followed by 6 phone-based sessions over 6-8 weeks to review handbook materials for the intervention group only. After six weeks, phone-based follow-up survey will be conducted with participants in both the intervention and control groups. If the intervention is found to be effective in reducing distress or stress at follow-up assessment, then the baseline survey will be repeated at 6-9 months post intervention both for the intervention and control group participants. Additionally, based on findings from the pilot study a larger sample of participants will be screened and enrolled (approximately 1000 women) and randomized to the intervention or wait-list control arm to be followed up at 6-9 months post intervention. The primary outcomes for this study will be psychological distress. Participants' performance on their businesses and self-esteem will be secondary outcomes for the study. A generalized linear model with appropriate statistical specifications and accounting for baseline values and any imbalanced variables at baseline (where available) will be used to analyze the data. ;

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NCT number NCT05208723
Study type Interventional
Source World Bank
Status Active, not recruiting
Phase N/A
Start date July 17, 2021
Completion date December 31, 2023

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