How do I qualify for the FOCUS-CI Study?
To qualify for the study, Service Member/Veterans must have had a combat injury (e.g., amputation, burn, paralysis, TBI, etc.) occur after 2001. Either the injured or non-injured partner must have or care for at least one child younger than 18 years of age.
How often do I complete interviews?
Participating family members will be interviewed four times during a 2-year period. Interviews will take place just after consenting to participate, 6 months after consenting, 12 months after consenting, and 24 months after consenting.
What are the interviews about?
Interviews will ask about the injury, treatments, and adjustments; how family members are thinking, feeling, and getting along; as well as about parental relationships with children.
Do I have to meet an interviewer in-person at an office?
We can meet for interviews in a mutually agreed upon location (on post or off-post), over the phone, or online. Because families have many commitments, we are available for interviews at any time (including weeknights and weekends).
Am I paid to complete interviews?
Compensation in the form of a Visa gift card will be provided to non-military partners and eligible children after the completion of each interview.
I don’t have a lot of time; why should I take part in this study?
The immediate individual benefit of being supported by the study team for a full 2 years. Team staff will be available to provide additional support for various challenges and to check in regularly with family members. Further, staff will be able to notify parents of any child distress presented during the 2-year period, providing additional support to parents.
You will also be connected to local military and community-based resources, including hard copy and electronic Resource Guides (tailored to each study location), as well as assistance accessing these resources. Resources listed in the Guide range from health care providers, to rental properties, to babysitting services.
Lastly, the results from the study will help other military families as they recover from injuries.
Is participation confidential?
Information collected about your family will be kept confidential and will not be shared outside of the study team, with other family members, or included on military records. Your interview responses will not be connected with your name or other identifying information in any reports.
Will my family receive the additional skill-building sessions?
Some participating families may also receive additional family skill-building sessions and ongoing family support. Each family has a 50/50 chance of receiving the sessions. Even if your family isn’t receiving the extra sessions, taking part in the study will help military and veteran facilities in their efforts to help families stay strong during recovery.
What do I do if I want to receive more information about the study?
We are happy to answer any additional questions or see if you are eligible to join us. Please click the For More Information button to get started.