Randomized controlled trial of a brief Internet-based intervention for families of Veterans with posttraumatic stress disorder

Alejandro Interian, Anna Kline, Deborah Perlick, Lisa Dixon, Ann Feder, Marc D. Weiner, Marjorie F. Goldstein, Kerry Hennessy, Lauren St Hill, Miklos Losonczy

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Veterans with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and their families require resources to cope with postdeployment readjustment. Responding to this need, the current study examined a brief Internet-based intervention that provided Veterans’ families with psychoeducation on postdeployment readjustment. Participants were 103 dyads of Veterans with probable PTSD and a designated family member/partner. Dyads were randomized to an intervention group, in which the family member completed the intervention, or to a control group with no intervention. Each member of the dyad completed surveys at baseline and 2 mo follow-up. Family member surveys focused on perceived empowerment, efficacy to provide support, and communication (perceived criticism and reactivity to criticism). Veteran surveys assessed perceived family support and communication. Results showed that Veterans in the intervention group reported decreases in reactivity to criticism but also decreased perceived family support. No significant differences were observed in outcomes reported by family members. This preliminary study provides an early understanding of this novel outreach program, as well as the challenges inherent with a very brief intervention. Future research can build on the current study by more closely evaluating the communication changes that occur with this form of intervention and whether greater intervention intensity is needed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)629-640
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Rehabilitation Research and Development
Issue number5
StatePublished - 2016

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Rehabilitation


  • Family communication
  • Family support
  • Intervention
  • OEF
  • OIF
  • Outreach program
  • PTSD
  • Postdeployment
  • Psychoeducation
  • Resources

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