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Relationships and Health in the OEF/OIF Veteran Population

This study has been completed.
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier:
First Posted: July 30, 2012
Last Update Posted: May 15, 2017
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Information provided by (Responsible Party):
VA Eastern Colorado Health Care System
December 28, 2011
July 30, 2012
May 15, 2017
April 2011
December 2015   (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Relationship satisfaction [ Time Frame: One study visit ]
Four item relationship satisfaction survey
Same as current
Complete list of historical versions of study NCT01652443 on ClinicalTrials.gov Archive Site
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Relationships and Health in the OEF/OIF Veteran Population
Relationships and Health in the OEF/OIF Veteran Population
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.
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.
Observational Model: Case-Only
Time Perspective: Cross-Sectional
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Non-Probability Sample
OEF/OIF Veterans receiving or eligible to receive care at the VA
  • Stress Disorder
  • Marriage
  • Suicidal Ideation
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*   Includes publications given by the data provider as well as publications identified by ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier (NCT Number) in Medline.
July 2016
December 2015   (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)

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.
Sexes Eligible for Study: All
18 Years to 50 Years   (Adult)
Contact information is only displayed when the study is recruiting subjects
United States
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Plan to Share IPD: No
VA Eastern Colorado Health Care System
VA Eastern Colorado Health Care System
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Principal Investigator: Lisa M Betthauser, MBA VA VISN 19 MIRECC
VA Eastern Colorado Health Care System
May 2017
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