Relationships and Health in the OEF/OIF Veteran Population

This study is enrolling participants by invitation only.
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
VA Eastern Colorado Health Care System Identifier:
First received: December 28, 2011
Last updated: January 22, 2016
Last verified: January 2016
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.

Stress Disorder
Suicidal Ideation

Study Type: Observational
Study Design: Observational Model: Case-Only
Time Perspective: Cross-Sectional
Official Title: Relationships and Health in the OEF/OIF Veteran Population

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Further study details as provided by VA Eastern Colorado Health Care System:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Relationship satisfaction [ Time Frame: One study visit ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
    Four item relationship satisfaction survey

Estimated Enrollment: 65
Study Start Date: April 2011
Estimated Study Completion Date: December 2016
Estimated Primary Completion Date: December 2016 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
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.

Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 50 Years
Genders Eligible for Study:   Both
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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Please refer to this study by its identifier: 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
  More Information

Additional Information:
Responsible Party: VA Eastern Colorado Health Care System Identifier: NCT01652443     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 11-0488 
Study First Received: December 28, 2011
Last Updated: January 22, 2016
Health Authority: United States: Federal Government

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

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Stress Disorders, Traumatic
Suicidal Ideation
Behavioral Symptoms
Mental Disorders
Self-Injurious Behavior
Trauma and Stressor Related Disorders processed this record on May 26, 2016