Welcome to the Military Family Caregiver Study

What are the goals of this Study?

  • To learn what types of responsibilities and challenges one experiences as a result of living with and caring for a post-9-11 Veteran or Service Member that sustained a combat-related TBI.
  • To learn what help or support you receive from others to assist with coping with family roles and responsibilities.
  • To understand if education about problem-solving (problem-solving training) improves the mental health and quality of life for family caregivers of Veterans or Service Members that sustained a combat-related TBI.

What will I be expected to do if I agree to participate in this study?

  • You will be asked to complete surveys about your role and responsibilities, and the quality of your life, 5 times over an 18-month period (1 ½ year).
  • The surveys take from 30 to 60 minutes to complete. They will teach us about your emotional, physical, and social health, caregiving responsibilities and burdens, and information about how you cope with stress in your life.
  • To reach our study goals, half of the study participants will be randomly assigned to the "no education" group and half will be assigned to the "education" group.
  • If assigned to the "no education" group, you will only be asked to complete the surveys described above.
  • If assigned to the "education" group, you'll be asked to complete the surveys described above, and participate in 9-sessions of problem-solving training (or PST).
  • The PST sessions will last from 45 to 90 minutes each and will be conducted face-to-face through Internet webcams. They will take place approximately every-other-week over 4.5 months.

Do I have to travel to take part in this study?

No - This study will take place face-to-face over Internet webcams (or telephone and the US postal system, if preferred).

Will I be paid to participate in this study?

  • Yes, you may receive up to $100 for participating in this study.
  • You will be mailed a check for $20 each time you complete the study surveys. There are 5 study surveys over 18 months (1 ½ year)