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Relationship Factors Contributing to the Progression of Combat Related PTSD and Suicidality over Time

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Technical Report,02 Mar 2015,28 Feb 2016

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University of Colorado Denver Aurora United States

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The RAMP project is designed to examine the key social context of intimate romantic relationships of active duty Army soldiers, and how interpersonal processes in this type of relationship can affect psychological functioning over time. The ultimate goal of this knowledge will be to enhance existing programs and therapies for military couples. This study consists of online surveys, which are completed by active duty Army males recently returned from a deployment, along with their significant romantic partner. The study consists of a total of 5 surveys each for the service members and their female partners. During this report period, we completed data collection for Surveys 3 and 4, and Survey 5 is expected to be complete in May 2016. After screening potential participants, we invited 716 couples to complete Survey 1. Of those invited, 593 couples participated in Survey 1, which is an 83 response rate. After screening the initial sample for various factors, 281 couples were invited into Surveys 2 through 5. Response rates on the individual level are 98 for Survey 2, 94 for Survey 3, and 93 for Survey 4. Survey 5 is ongoing, but the current response rate on the individual level is 88 .Initial preliminary analyses have begun. We have presented or been accepted for presentation 11 posters and 4 talks at regional or national conferences,and have additional symposium presentations under consideration for future conferences. We have not published findings yet.

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