Reintegration: The Role of Spouse Telephone Battlemind
Annual rept. 15 Sep 2008-14 Sep 2009
RESEARCH INC MEMPHIS TN
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The goal of this study is to help spouses serve as a support system and ease the transition for military service members returning from Operation Enduring FreedomOperation Iraqi Freedom OEFOIF. The program will provide telephone support group sessions to spouses designed to educate, build coping skills, improve access to services for veteran and family, and serve as a source of shared support. The study will enroll 60 OEFOIF spouses. Over the period of one year, each group of 5 to 6 participants and a trained Group Leader will have 12 hour-long structured telephone sessions, focusing on education, coping skills, and support. The content includes ways the returning service member, spouse and family may have changed during deployment an emphasis on compromise and negotiation in personal relationships strategies to reduce or eliminate reunion and reintegration difficulties strategies to support the returning soldier and cues to alert spouses when to seek mental health services for their soldier, children, or themselves. Recruitment began June 1, 2009. Eleven participants have been enrolled. Two support groups are meeting monthly.
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