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Reintegration: The Role of Spouse Telephone BATTLEMIND Pilot Study

This study has been completed.
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ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier:
NCT00870545
First Posted: March 27, 2009
Last Update Posted: June 28, 2017
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Collaborator:
United States Department of Defense
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Linda O. Nichols, Ph.D., Memphis VA Medical Center
  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: Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Reintegration: The Role of Spouse Telephone BATTLEMIND Pilot Study

Further study details as provided by Linda O. Nichols, Ph.D., Memphis VA Medical Center:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Spouse Self-report of Depression [ Time Frame: Baseline, 6 months, and 12 months ]
    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 ]
    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 ]
    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 ]
    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 ]
    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 ]
    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

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Ages Eligible for Study:   Child, Adult, Senior
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
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.
  Contacts and Locations
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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier (NCT number): NCT00870545


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

Additional Information:
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
First Submitted: March 25, 2009
First Posted: March 27, 2009
Results First Submitted: April 4, 2013
Results First Posted: June 4, 2013
Last Update Posted: June 28, 2017
Last Verified: June 2017

Keywords provided by Linda O. Nichols, Ph.D., Memphis VA Medical Center:
spouses
social support
reintegration
families
military
post deployment
OEF/OIF

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Disease
Combat Disorders
Pathologic Processes
Stress Disorders, Traumatic
Trauma and Stressor Related Disorders
Mental Disorders