Addressing the Health Concerns of VA Women with Sexual Trauma
Annual rept. 30 Sep 2014 - 29 Sep 2015
WOMEN AND INFANTS HOSPITAL OF RHODE ISLAND PROVIDENCE
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Our proposed research will develop and assess a computer-delivered intervention Safety and Health Experiences Program SHE that will provide a screening and brief behavior intervention for women veterans with any lifetime ST. More specifically, the intervention, SHE, will address interrelated health concerns for women veterans with ST i.e., alcohol misuse, IPV, and PTSD. We plan to develop our proposed computer-based intervention with input from our team of investigators as well as information gained in focus groups and informant interviews with women veterans with ST. We will conduct a small trial of SHE with 20 women veterans with lifetime ST to examine if the intervention is acceptable to our population. Finally, we will recruit a sample of 150 women veterans who screen positive for any lifetime ST and have at least one risk factor i.e., IPV, PTSD, or heavy drinking and randomize them to the SHE intervention or to a screen and referral SR condition. We will examine whether SHE compared to SR will result in decreases in the number of risks and increase resource and treatment utilization at the 2- and 4-month follow-up.
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