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Exploring Deployment Stress and Reintegration in Army National Guard Chaplains

This study has been completed.
Sponsor:
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Department of Veterans Affairs
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier:
NCT01330888
First received: April 5, 2011
Last updated: November 20, 2014
Last verified: November 2014
  Purpose

The purpose of this 2-year pilot study is to explore the impact of deployment on the psychosocial and health characteristics and reintegration of Military Chaplains, specifically those of the Army National Guard (ARNG). This pilot will serve as the foundation for subsequent investigations of chaplains from multiple branches of the military. In addition to spiritual and religious support, Military Chaplains play a key role in the behavioral health of deployed service-members, routinely participating in suicide prevention training, conducting critical event debriefing, and identifying service-members at risk for combat and operational stress reactions1. A high risk group for exposure to trauma2, Military Chaplains have suffered brain injuries, gunshot wounds and blast injuries in OEF/OIF Theater3. In addition, many report combat related stress issues such as compassion fatigue, PTSD, and reintegration issues3. While the traumatic experiences of OEF/OIF deployed troops have been well documented, the effects on military chaplains caring for these service-members have received little attention in the research to date. We are collaborating with the National Guard Chaplain Corps Leadership on this program of research. The aims of this 2-year pilot cross-sectional study focus on describing and exploring deployment and its impact on psychosocial, health characteristics and reintegration of ARNG chaplains using a mixed method approach (web-based survey, in-depth interviews, social network analysis).


Condition
Combat Stress Disorder

Study Type: Observational
Study Design: Time Perspective: Cross-Sectional
Official Title: Exploring Deployment Stress and Reintegration in Army National Guard Chaplains

Further study details as provided by Department of Veterans Affairs:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • observational [ Time Frame: 2 years ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]

Estimated Enrollment: 266
Study Start Date: April 2011
Study Completion Date: March 2013
Primary Completion Date: March 2013 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Groups/Cohorts
Group 1
ARNG Chaplains

  Eligibility

Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 65 Years
Genders Eligible for Study:   Both
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes
Sampling Method:   Non-Probability Sample
Study Population

ARNG Chaplains who have ever/never been deployed to OEF/OIF combat theaters

Criteria

Inclusion Criteria:

  • current, active members of ARNG during timeframe of OIF/OEF/OND
  • Chaplains
  • able to be contacted by email for survey explanation and participation
  • consent to participate in interview or network questionnaire

Exclusion Criteria:

  • not current, active members of ARNG during timeframe of OIF/OEF/OND
  • not Chaplains
  • not able to be contacted by email for survey explanation and participation
  • do not consent to participate in interview or network questionnaire
  Contacts and Locations
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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier: NCT01330888

Locations
United States, Florida
James A. Haley Veterans' Hospital
Tampa, Florida, United States, 33637-1022
Sponsors and Collaborators
Investigators
Principal Investigator: Karen Besterman-Dahan, PhD MA BS James A. Haley Veterans' Hospital
  More Information

Publications:
Responsible Party: Department of Veterans Affairs
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT01330888     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: D7800-P
Study First Received: April 5, 2011
Last Updated: November 20, 2014
Health Authority: United States: Federal Government

Keywords provided by Department of Veterans Affairs:
war
religion
caregiver
combat stress disorder

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Combat Disorders
Stress Disorders, Traumatic
Anxiety Disorders
Mental Disorders

ClinicalTrials.gov processed this record on November 24, 2014