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

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ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT01435512
Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : September 16, 2011
Last Update Posted : January 13, 2016
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Study Description
Brief Summary:
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 or disease Intervention/treatment
Domestic Violence Behavioral: PTSD-Focused CBT for Partner Violence

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.

Study Design

Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Actual Enrollment : 135 participants
Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Single (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)
Study Start Date : March 2009
Primary Completion Date : September 2014
Study Completion Date : September 2014
Arms and Interventions

Arm Intervention/treatment
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 - no intervention

Outcome Measures

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

Secondary Outcome Measures :
  1. 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 ]
  2. Relationship satisfaction as measured by the Dyadic Adjustment Scale [ Time Frame: 6-month follow up ]
  3. 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 ]

Eligibility Criteria

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Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 80 Years   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes

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 (NCT number): NCT01435512

United States, Massachusetts
National Center for PTSD/VA Boston Healthcare System
Boston, Massachusetts, United States, 02130
United States, Rhode Island
Providence VA Medical Center
Providence, Rhode Island, United States, 02908
Sponsors and Collaborators
Boston VA Research Institute, Inc.
United States Department of Defense
Principal Investigator: Casey T. Taft, PhD VA Boston Healthcare System
Principal Investigator: Suzannah Creech, PhD Providence VA Medical Center
More Information

Publications automatically indexed to this study by ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier (NCT Number):
Responsible Party: Casey Taft, Principal Investigator, Boston VA Research Institute, Inc.
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT01435512     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: PT073945
First Posted: September 16, 2011    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: January 13, 2016
Last Verified: January 2016

Keywords provided by Casey Taft, Boston VA Research Institute, Inc.:
Intimate Partner Violence

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Stress Disorders, Post-Traumatic
Stress Disorders, Traumatic
Trauma and Stressor Related Disorders
Mental Disorders