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Samantha Backhaus, PhD (PI), Dawn Neumann, PhD, Taryn Skejstal, PhD, funded by Indiana Spinal Cord and Brain Injury Research Fund (ISCBIRF).
This is a 2-year study that will be looking at the efficacy of doing a 16 week, small group, marital treatment program for couples after one of them has sustained a brain injury (BI).
This program will consist of psychoeducation, in-session activities, homework activities, and small group intervention and will be taught by 2 facilitators.
The program will consist of cognitive-behavioral treatment, dialectical-behavioral treatment, as well as standard marriage workshop-like training.
The intervention will be manualized and scripted so that all facilitators can at least review the same content, even if they use slightly different wording.
Year 1: In this year, we will run 2 groups that will run simultaneously for the 16 weeks. The purpose of this is to do baseline testing, run a focus session at the end to ask what people liked or didn’t like about the group, and to do post-intervention testing on the 16th session. Modifications will be made based on feedback.
Year 2: In this year, we will run a Tx group vs Wait-list control group for 16 weeks. We will do that twice. Also, we will follow-up with 3 month testing.
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