Reintegration: The Role of Spouse Telephone BATTLEMIND Pilot Study

This study has been completed.
Sponsor:
Collaborator:
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Linda O. Nichols, Ph.D., Memphis VA Medical Center
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier:
NCT00870545
First received: March 25, 2009
Last updated: June 3, 2013
Last verified: June 2013
  Purpose

This study will expand the Department of Defense (DoD) one time, face-to-face post deployment BATTLEMIND training for spouses of Operation Enduring Freedom/Operation Iraqi Freedom (OEF/OIF) Guard/Reserve service members into year-long, telephone groups focusing on education, skills building and support. The goal is to build spouses' resilience to cope with reintegration, help them serve as a support system for returning service members, and ease the transition for families post-deployment.


Condition Intervention
Military Spouses
Support Groups
Stress Disorders
Combat Disorders
Behavioral: Telephone support groups

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Reintegration: The Role of Spouse Telephone BATTLEMIND Pilot Study

Resource links provided by NLM:


Further study details as provided by Memphis VA Medical Center:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Spouse Self-report of Depression [ Time Frame: Baseline, 6 months, and 12 months ] [ Designated as safety issue: Yes ]
    Depression measured with the Patient Health Questionnaire (PHQ)-9 at baseline, six and 12 months. Scores range from 0-27 with lower scores indicating less depressive symptoms.

  • Anxiety [ Time Frame: baseline, 6 months and 12 months ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
    Anxiety measured with the Generalized Anxiety Disorder -7 (GAD-7)measured at baseline, six and 12 months. Scores range from 0-21, with lower scores indicating fewer anxiety symptoms.

  • Quality of Marriage [ Time Frame: Baseline, 6 and 12 months ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
    Measure of marriage quality using Quality Marriage Index at baseline, six and 12 months. Scores range from 6-45 with higher scores indicating better quality of marriage.


Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Family Coping [ Time Frame: Baseline, 6 months and 12 months ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
    Family problem solving measured at baseline, six and 12 months with the F-COPES measure. Scores range from 29-145 with higher scores indicating better coping.

  • Spouse Social Support [ Time Frame: baseline, 6 months, and 12 months ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
    Support measured with the Social Support Index at baseline, six and 12 months. Scores range from 0-68 with higher scores indicating better social support.

  • Family Communication [ Time Frame: baseline, 6 months, and 12 months ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
    Family communication measured with the Family Problem Solving Communication scale at baseline, six and 12 months. Scores range from 0-30 with higher scores indicating better communication.


Enrollment: 86
Study Start Date: September 2009
Study Completion Date: November 2011
Primary Completion Date: July 2011 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: Telephone support
12 telephone support group sessions based on the letters of the word BATTLEMIND
Behavioral: Telephone support groups
There was one intervention. Participants were enrolled in one of 14 telephone groups (each with a trained Group Leader and 6 participants) will focus on education, training in and practice of coping skills and cognitive restructuring (identifying and re-shaping negative and destructive thoughts), and support through 12 hour-long structured sessions. The content, modeled on Soldier BATTLEMIND, targets readjustment concepts based on the letters of BATTLEMIND, including Bonds, Adding and subtracting family roles, Taking control, Talking it out, Loyalty and commitment, Emotional balance, Mental health and readiness, Independence and interdependence, Navigating the system, Denial of self and a concluding session entitled Moving forward.

  Eligibility

Genders Eligible for Study:   Both
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No
Criteria

Inclusion Criteria:

  1. have a spouse who participated in OEF/OIF and is at least 1 month post-deployment;
  2. if not married, must have lived as married for at least one year;
  3. live with the service member when not deployed;
  4. have been a spouse/significant other throughout the service member's deployment period;
  5. and have a telephone.

Exclusion Criteria:

  1. current diagnosis of schizophrenia or other major mental illness;
  2. auditory impairment that would make telephone use difficult; or
  3. service member refusal of assent for spouse to participate.
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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier: NCT00870545

Locations
United States, Tennessee
Memphis VA Medical Center
Memphis, Tennessee, United States, 38104
Sponsors and Collaborators
Memphis VA Medical Center
Investigators
Principal Investigator: Linda O Nichols, PhD Memphis VA Medical Center
  More Information

No publications provided

Responsible Party: Linda O. Nichols, Ph.D., Healthcare Education Specialist/Health Services Researcher, Memphis VA Medical Center
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT00870545     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: PT074804
Study First Received: March 25, 2009
Results First Received: April 4, 2013
Last Updated: June 3, 2013
Health Authority: United States: Federal Government

Keywords provided by Memphis VA Medical Center:
spouses
social support
reintegration
families
military
post deployment
OEF/OIF

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Disease
Stress Disorders, Traumatic
Combat Disorders
Pathologic Processes
Anxiety Disorders
Mental Disorders

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