Accession Number : AD1020478

Title :   Spouses/Family Members of Service Members at Risk for PTSD or Suicide

Descriptive Note : Technical Report,01 Oct 2010,30 Jun 2016

Corporate Author : George Mason University Fairfax United States

Personal Author(s) : Renshaw,Keith A

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Report Date : 01 Sep 2016

Pagination or Media Count : 14

Abstract : The purpose of the study was to gain new knowledge about the experiences of family members of service members who are experiencing symptoms of PTSD or severe depression. The study was intended to be multi-method, with an initial qualitative phase (Phase 1), and a follow-up longitudinal, quantitative phase (Phase 2). Substantial recruitment difficulties hampered the execution of the project. Multiple requests to loosen the inclusion criteria in ways that would not compromise the aims of the project were denied. Thus, we were only able to enroll 10 dyads in the male soldier/female partner group and 2 dyads in the female soldier/male partner group for Phase 1. Qualitative analysis of the 12 completed interviews revealed several themes with regard to difficulties with overall military lifestyle, personal struggles of spouses, issues related to deployment, behavioral health problems of service members, relationship and interpersonal struggles of service members, and recommendations for improvements.

Descriptors :   Military personnel , MILITARY FAMILIES , suicide , TRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDER , Qualitative analysis , Deployment , MENTAL HEALTH , DEPRESSION

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE