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Spouse READI (Resilience Education And Deployment Information) Post Deployment Telephone Support Groups (Spouse READI)

This study has been completed.
U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Linda O. Nichols, Ph.D., Memphis VA Medical Center Identifier:
First received: May 7, 2010
Last updated: June 5, 2015
Last verified: June 2015
This 12-month study is for spouses or significant others of service members who have returned from Afghanistan or Iraq. This study will determine if participating in a telephone discussion group, offering education, skills building, and support, will help increase post-deployment adjustment. There will be 225 spouses recruited for this study.

Condition Intervention Phase
Military Personnel
Coping Skills
Behavioral: Telephone Discussion Groups
Behavioral: Education sessions
Phase 2
Phase 3

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Single Blind (Outcomes Assessor)
Primary Purpose: Health Services Research
Official Title: Spouse READI (Resilience Education And Deployment Information) Post Deployment Telephone Support Groups

Further study details as provided by Memphis VA Medical Center:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Depression symptoms from the PHQ-9 (Patient Health Questionnaire) scale [ Time Frame: 12 months ]

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Anxiety symptoms as measured on the Generalized Anxiety Disorders scale [ Time Frame: 12 months ]
  • Resilience as measured on the Connor-Davidson Resilience Scale [ Time Frame: 12 months ]
  • Family problem solving communication as measured on the Family Problem Solving Communication Index [ Time Frame: 12 months ]

Enrollment: 228
Study Start Date: October 2009
Study Completion Date: February 2015
Primary Completion Date: December 2013 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: Telephone Discussion Groups Behavioral: Telephone Discussion Groups
Each telephone discussion group will meet 12 times during six months. The one-hour calls will be semi-structured conference calls with education, training in coping skills and cognitive restructuring, and support. A Participant Workbook will include comprehensive materials for all sessions and topics, other resources, and red flag resources - areas that may exacerbate problems, add a level of difficulty or distress, and/or indicate a need for referrals (e.g., unsafe behaviors, substance abuse, spouse abuse, PTSD, depression, traumatic brain injury).
Active Comparator: Education only Behavioral: Education sessions
Participants will have 12 sessions (delivered using slides and telephone) that cover the same education content, without skills building or support, over six months. They will also receive the Participant Workbook.
No Intervention: Usual Care


Ages Eligible for Study:   Child, Adult, Senior
Sexes Eligible for Study:   Female
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  1. have a spouse who participated in a deployment to Iraq and Afghanistan and is at least 1 month post-deployment
  2. if not married, must have lived as married for at least one year
  3. must be committed to the relationship
  4. have a telephone.

Exclusion Criteria:

  1. known deployment of spouse in the next six months
  2. auditory impairment that would make telephone use difficult.
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT01121250

United States, Tennessee
Memphis VA Medical Center
Memphis, Tennessee, United States, 38104
Sponsors and Collaborators
Memphis VA Medical Center
U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command
Principal Investigator: Linda O Nichols, Ph.D. Memphis VA Medical Center and University of Tennessee Health Science Center
Principal Investigator: Jennifer L Martindale-Adams, Ed.D. University of Tennessee Health Science Center and VA Medical Center Memphis
  More Information

Additional Information:
Nichols, L.O., Martindale-Adams, J., Zuber, J., Graney, M., Burns, R., & Clark, C. Support for Spouses of Post Deployment Service Members. Military Behavioral Health, Published online: 30 Jan 2015. DOI:10.1080/21635781.2015.1009210
Nichols L.O., Martindale-Adams, J., Zuber, J., & Graney, M. Service Member Need and Supportive Services Use of Military/Veteran Spouses. Military Behavioral Health, Published online: 09 Feb 2015, DOI:10.1080/21635781.2014.995251

Responsible Party: Linda O. Nichols, Ph.D., Healthcare education specialist/Health Services Researcher, Memphis VA Medical Center Identifier: NCT01121250     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: W81XWH-09-1-0242
Study First Received: May 7, 2010
Last Updated: June 5, 2015

Keywords provided by Memphis VA Medical Center:
Combat disorders
Military personnel processed this record on May 25, 2017