Relationships and Health in the OEF/OIF Veteran Population

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Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : July 30, 2012
Last Update Posted : May 15, 2017
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
VA Eastern Colorado Health Care System

Brief Summary:
The current study will explore relationships and health in the OEF/OIF Veteran population. Specifically, this study will examine PTSD symptom severity, traumatic brain injury, relationship satisfaction, leisure, general health ratings, feelings of burdensomeness and belongingness, and suicidal ideation.

Condition or disease
Stress Disorder Marriage Suicidal Ideation

Detailed Description:
United States military troops returning home from Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom deployments are presenting with "invisible wounds". These "invisible wounds" include mental health conditions such as posttraumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury. Recent literature has begun to explore how PTSD affects the service member, as well as their significant others. Several studies have shown that Veteran endorsement of PTSD symptoms is associated with decreased relationship satisfaction. Prior literature has shown that spending time together and engaging in pleasurable activities as a couple are important strategies for enduring relationship quality and satisfaction. Literature has demonstrated moderate relationships between PTSD and suicidal ideation. A previous study conducted by two of the investigators in this population showed that perceived feelings of burdensomeness and belongingness and identification of suicide as a potential strategy for dealing with these feelings. Joiner has hypothesized that acquired capacity of painful experiences, perceived burdensomeness and thwarted belongingness are the three components of increased suicide risk. Yet few studies exist that examine these constructs in the military population, though research indicates the clinical utility for exploring these constructs and related consequences.

Study Type : Observational
Actual Enrollment : 69 participants
Observational Model: Case-Only
Time Perspective: Cross-Sectional
Official Title: Relationships and Health in the OEF/OIF Veteran Population
Actual Study Start Date : April 2011
Actual Primary Completion Date : December 2015
Actual Study Completion Date : July 2016

Resource links provided by the National Library of Medicine

MedlinePlus related topics: Suicide
U.S. FDA Resources

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Relationship satisfaction [ Time Frame: One study visit ]
    Four item relationship satisfaction survey

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Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 50 Years   (Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes
Sampling Method:   Non-Probability Sample
Study Population
OEF/OIF Veterans receiving or eligible to receive care at the VA

Inclusion Criteria:

  • OEF/OIF Veteran (at least one OEF/OIF deployment)
  • Currently receiving or eligible to receive health care services at DVAMC
  • In a current, established relationship for a duration of at least one year
  • Age of 18-50

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Inability to provide informed consent.
  • Inability to adequately respond to questions regarding the informed consent procedure.
  • Do not meet the inclusion criteria listed above.

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To learn more about this study, you or your doctor may contact the study research staff using the contact information provided by the sponsor.

Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT01652443

United States, Colorado
Eastern Colorado Healthcare System
Denver, Colorado, United States, 80220
Sponsors and Collaborators
VA Eastern Colorado Health Care System
Principal Investigator: Lisa M Betthauser, MBA VA VISN 19 MIRECC

Additional Information:
Responsible Party: VA Eastern Colorado Health Care System Identifier: NCT01652443     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 11-0488
First Posted: July 30, 2012    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: May 15, 2017
Last Verified: May 2017
Individual Participant Data (IPD) Sharing Statement:
Plan to Share IPD: No

Keywords provided by VA Eastern Colorado Health Care System:
OEF/OIF Veterans

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Suicidal Ideation
Self-Injurious Behavior
Behavioral Symptoms