Army STARRS: Pre/Post Deployment Study

Monday July 30, 2012

What is it?

Army STARRS' Pre/Post Deployment Study (PPDS) is one part of the larger Army STARRS study. Researchers have completed PRE-deployment data collection and this STAND-TO! deals with the POST-deployment phase of PPDS. The goal of this study is to understand how deployment affects risk and protective factors for suicide and behavioral health. In the POST-deployment PPDS, the Army STARRS research team will interview redeploying Soldiers from pre-selected BCTs upon their arrival at Fort Bragg, N.C., Fortt Carson, and Joint Base Lewis-McChord. The Post PPDS is broken into three phases.

Phase I: Immediately upon return to Home Stations (HS), the Soldier volunteers will be able to take a short survey and donate blood. Soldiers who participate in the blood draw will receive $25 compensation.

Phase II: After block leave, but before the end of the stabilization window (typically 60-90 days post deployment) Soldiers will be asked to complete a laptop-based survey.

Phase III: Six months after Phase II, University of Michigan researchers will recontact Soldiers and invite them to take an additional phone or internet-based survey.

Leadership support is needed to help obtain voluntary participation in all three phases.

What has the Army done?

The Army is partnering with the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) to learn more about protecting Soldiers' well-being. The NIMH assembled a team of experts from the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Harvard Medical School, University of California, San Diego and University of Michigan to launch Army STARRS. Army STARRS conducts quarterly IPRs for the Secretary of the Army, Chief of Staff of the Army and Vice Chief of Staff of the Army. Information from the civilian team's briefings can be used to help improve Soldiers' behavioral health and well-being.

Why is this important to the Army?

The study is part of the Army's commitment to providing the Army Family with the resources it needs to stay mentally fit. The study results will provide a wealth of information that the Army can quickly apply to its health promotion, risk reduction, and suicide prevention efforts. Maximum participation from those selected for the study helps researchers understand the complex issues of suicide and behavioral health.

What efforts does the Army plan to continue in the future?

Army STARRS data collection will continue through CY 2013, data analysis will continue through Q2 2014.

Resources:

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Email: Army STARRS

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