Military To Civilian RCT Of An Intervention To Promote Post-Deployment Reintegration
Annual rept. 2 Sep 2010-1 Sep 2011
MINNESOTA VETERANS RESEARCH INST MINNEAPOLIS MN
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This study seeks to determine whether Internet-Based Expressive Writing IB-EW, a brief, low-cost, easily disseminated, and resource-efficient intervention, can reduce psychological symptoms and improve functioning among Veterans returning from hazardous deployments. Although Expressive Writings evidence-base is strong in civilian populations, its efficacy in combat Veterans has not been tested. Nevertheless, Expressive Writing, as a highly private, readily accessible, and non-stigmatizing intervention, holds exceptional promise in overcoming barriers to mentally distressed Veterans help-seeking. We expect to further increase the accessibility of the intervention by delivering it over the internet Internet-Based Expressive Writing. Long term objectives of this line of research are to develop and implement efficient, accessible, and effective interventions that facilitate combat deployment-to-civilian life transitions, thereby reducing risk of long-term, military-related psychopathology and disability. Toward that end, the study will also determine who is most likely to benefit from Internet-Based Expressive Writing in order to inform treatment implementation strategies.
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