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Accession Number ADA584346
Title Telephone Support During Overseas Deployment for Military Spouses.
Publication Date Apr 2013
Media Count 7p
Personal Author J. Martindale-Adams L. O. Nicholas
Abstract Deployment impacts both service member and family, and the cost can be high. Spouses reactions to deployment may include emotional distress, loneliness, anticipatory fear or grief, somatic complaints, and depression. The goal is to help spouses learn ways to manage stress and solve problems related to deployment and reintegration, communication, managing long distance relationships, and other common problems. The study will compare telephone support groups to online education sessions. The study will enroll 160 spouses, 94 to date. In the Telephone Support groups, a group leader and participants meet 12 times over six months to focus on education, skills building and support. Education Only online sessions provide the same education content, without skills building or support. Content includes strategies to reduce or eliminate communication difficulties during deployment, how to find help; practical concerns during deployment; fostering resilience and decreasing stress; fostering relationships while apart, negotiating roles and relationships; changes during deployment; strategies to support the spouse and the service member; and cues to alert spouses when to seek mental health services for the family or themselves. Outcomes include resilience, depression, anxiety and coping behaviors. Telephone data collection is conducted at baseline, six and twelve months.
Keywords Combat disorders
Family members
Social support
Stress disorders
Telephone support groups

Source Agency Non Paid ADAS
NTIS Subject Category 92C - Social Concerns
92B - Psychology
57T - Psychiatry
74 - Military Sciences
45C - Common Carrier & Satellite
Corporate Author Deptartment of Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Memphis, TN.
Document Type Technical report
Title Note Annual rept. 1 Apr 2012-31 Mar 2013.
NTIS Issue Number 1402
Contract Number W81XWH-11-2-0087

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