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Spouse READI (Resilience Education and Deployment Information): Randomized Clinical Trial Formerly Reintegration: The Role of Spouse Telephone BATTLEMIND Randomized Clinical Trial

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Annual summary rept. 30 Sep 2013 29 Sep 2014

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It is impossible to consider the service member separately from the military family unit there are effects of the war on families as well as the service member Basham, 2013 MacDermid Wadsworth, 2013. Family stressors, strain, and resources are important for military spouses psychological health Green, Nurius Lester, 2013. Deployment effects on the military spouse include increased loneliness, anxiety, depression, sleep disorders, adjustment disorders and stress, and family dysfunction Link Palinkas, 2013 Mansfield et al., 2010. Although rates are generally similar to those of service members Eaton et al., 2008, spouses are almost four times more likely than service members 21.7 vs. 6.2 to report that stress or emotional problems impact their work or other activities Hoge, Castro, Eaton, 2006. Caregivers with higher levels of depression, anxiety, or any physical health problems increase the chance of subsequent injuries to the patient Carlson et al.2012. Service members returning with TBI make less progress in treatment if the family unit is distressed Dausch Saliman, 2009. Conversely, post traumatic stress disorder PTSD symptoms often decrease as family and social support increases Frain, Bethel, Bishop, 2010. Providing education and mental health resources to families can help reduce caregiver burden which in turn positively affects the health of the care recipient Bernhardt, 2009 Monson, Taft, Fredman, 2009.

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