This trial is active, not recruiting.

Conditions military personnel, family members, resilience, psychological, deployment
Treatments telephone support groups, education webinars
Sponsor Memphis VA Medical Center
Collaborator United States Department of Defense
Start date April 2011
End date December 2014
Trial size 160 participants
Trial identifier NCT01828983, W81XWH-11-2-0087


Deployment impacts both service member and family, and the cost can be high. Spouses' reactions to deployment may include emotional distress, loneliness, anticipatory fear or grief, somatic complaints, and depression. The goal is to help spouses learn ways to manage stress and solve problems related to deployment and reintegration, communication, managing long distance relationships, and other common problems. The study will compare telephone support groups to online education sessions. The study will enroll 160 spouses. In the Telephone Support groups, a group leader and participants will meet 12 times over six months to focus on education, skills building and support. Education Only online sessions will provide the same education content, without skills building or support. Content includes strategies to reduce or eliminate communication difficulties during deployment, how to find help; practical concerns during deployment; fostering resilience and decreasing stress; fostering relationships while apart, negotiating roles and relationships; changes during deployment; strategies to support the spouse and the service member; and cues to alert spouses when to seek mental health services for the family or themselves. Outcomes will include resilience, depression, anxiety and coping behaviors. Telephone data collection will be conducted at baseline, six and twelve months.

United States No locations recruiting
Other countries No locations recruiting

Study Design

Allocation randomized
Endpoint classification efficacy study
Intervention model parallel assignment
Masking single blind (outcomes assessor)
Primary purpose treatment
Telephone support groups, each with participants and a trained group leader. Each hour-long telephone group will meet bi-monthly for six months for a total of 12 meetings. Groups are structured with education, skills building, and support. Participants will receive and use a Spouse Workbook with information and activities.
telephone support groups
(Active Comparator)
Education Webinar session topics are the same that are covered in the intervention arm without telephone interaction/support and skills building components. Each session is 30-minutes. Each participant receives a Spouse Workbook with information and activities.
education webinars

Primary Outcomes

Change in Resilience
time frame: Baseline, 6 months, 12 months
Change in Anxiety
time frame: baseline, 6 and 12 months
Change in Depression
time frame: Baseline, 6 and 12 months
Change in Coping
time frame: Baseline, 6 and 12 months

Eligibility Criteria

Male or female participants at least 18 years old.

Inclusion Criteria: - spouse or significant other (living as married for at least one year before deployment) of an overseas deployed military service member - deployed at least six months Exclusion Criteria: - living as married for at least one year before deployment

Additional Information

Official title Telephone Support During Overseas Deployment for Military Spouses
Principal investigator Linda O Nichols, PhD
Trial information was received from ClinicalTrials.gov and was last updated in July 2016.
Information provided to ClinicalTrials.gov by Memphis VA Medical Center.