Strength At Home: Veterans' Program (PTSD-Focused Therapy for Anger and Relationship Conflict Among OEF/OIF Veterans)

The recruitment status of this study is unknown because the information has not been verified recently.
Verified September 2011 by Boston VA Research Institute, Inc..
Recruitment status was  Recruiting
Sponsor:
Collaborator:
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Casey Taft, Boston VA Research Institute, Inc.
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier:
NCT01435512
First received: August 6, 2009
Last updated: September 15, 2011
Last verified: September 2011
  Purpose

This is a research study funded by the Department of Defense to test a therapeutic intervention for male combat veterans who engage in intimate partner violence (IPV). The investigators hope to decrease the recurrence of relationship aggression and help veterans manage anger. The primary aim of the study is to test the intervention.


Condition Intervention
Domestic Violence
Behavioral: PTSD-Focused CBT for Partner Violence

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Single Blind (Outcomes Assessor)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Strength At Home: Veterans' Program (Formerly: Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)-Focused Therapy for Anger and Relationship Conflict Among Operation Enduring Freedom/Operation Iraqi Freedom (OEF/OIF) Veterans)

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Further study details as provided by Boston VA Research Institute, Inc.:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Intimate partner aggression as measured by the conflict tactics scale [ Time Frame: 6-month follow up (after completion of treatment) ] [ Designated as safety issue: Yes ]

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Symptoms of posttraumatic stress disorder as assessed by the Clinician Administered PTSD Scale (CAPS) and the Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Checklist (PCL) [ Time Frame: 6 month follow-up ] [ Designated as safety issue: Yes ]
  • Relationship satisfaction as measured by the Dyadic Adjustment Scale [ Time Frame: 6-month follow up ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
  • Trait anger as measured by the State-Trait Anger Expression Inventory (STAXI) and aggression as measured by the Aggression Questionnaire [ Time Frame: 6-month follow up ] [ Designated as safety issue: Yes ]

Estimated Enrollment: 120
Study Start Date: March 2009
Estimated Study Completion Date: September 2012
Estimated Primary Completion Date: September 2012 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: Group
PTSD-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Partner Violence
Behavioral: PTSD-Focused CBT for Partner Violence
PTSD-Focused CBT (PFCBT) will consist of 12 2-hour weekly sessions,led by two project therapists. In each session, group members will discuss materials and do assignments to practice skills.
Other Names:
  • Strength at Home
  • Veterans Program
No Intervention: Waitlist
Control group

Detailed Description:

The purpose of this project is to develop, standardize, and test an intervention for combat veterans exposed to trauma who engage in intimate partner aggression (IPA). This intervention, formerly labeled PTSD-Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy for Partner Violence (PFCBT), and currently called the Strength at Home, Veteran's Program, incorporates components of interventions for IPA and trauma and will target mechanisms implicated in the relationship between trauma and IPA. This project addresses a number of the research gaps in this area of research including: (a) the development of a novel treatment approach to improve functioning and well-being of affected individuals; (b) tertiary prevention (of repeated IPA) during re-integration; and (c) examination of the efficacy of a program providing support for the families and caregivers of veterans with combat history.

  Eligibility

Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 80 Years
Genders Eligible for Study:   Both
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes
Criteria

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Any era veteran
  • Over the age of 18
  • In a relationship within a female partner within the last 6 months
  • At least one act of male-to-female physical aggression over the previous 6 months or at least one act of male-to-female severe violence in the past 12 months
  • Male participant must consent for partner contact

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Participant evidences severe organicity or active psychosis
  • Reading difficulties prevent valid completion of the assessment instruments
  • Participant expresses prominent suicidal or homicidal ideation
  • Participant meets diagnostic criteria for alcohol and/or drug dependence, if not in early full remission or sustained partial remission
  Contacts and Locations
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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier: NCT01435512

Contacts
Contact: Alexandra Macdonald, PhD 857-364-6197 Alexandra.Macdonald@va.gov

Locations
United States, Massachusetts
National Center for PTSD/VA Boston Healthcare System Recruiting
Boston, Massachusetts, United States, 02130
Contact: Alexandra Macdonald, Ph.D.    857-364-6197    alexandra.macdonald@va.gov   
Principal Investigator: Casey T Taft, PH. D.         
United States, Rhode Island
Providence VA Medical Center Recruiting
Providence, Rhode Island, United States, 02908
Contact: Suzannah E Creech, Ph.D.    401-273-7100 ext 3076    Suzannah.Creech@va.gov   
Principal Investigator: Tracie Shea, Ph.D.         
Sponsors and Collaborators
Boston VA Research Institute, Inc.
Investigators
Principal Investigator: Casey T. Taft, PhD VA Boston Healthcare System
Principal Investigator: Tracie Shea, PhD Providence VA Medical Center
  More Information

No publications provided

Responsible Party: Casey Taft, Principal Investigator, Boston VA Research Institute, Inc.
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT01435512     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: PT073945
Study First Received: August 6, 2009
Last Updated: September 15, 2011
Health Authority: United States: Institutional Review Board

Keywords provided by Boston VA Research Institute, Inc.:
PTSD
CBT
Intimate Partner Violence
Treatment

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Stress Disorders, Post-Traumatic
Stress Disorders, Traumatic
Anxiety Disorders
Mental Disorders

ClinicalTrials.gov processed this record on August 28, 2014