Evaluating the effectiveness of REBOOT Combat Recovery: A faith-based combat trauma resiliency program
A study co-authored by REBOOT founder, Dr. Jenny Owens, has been published this month in Military Psychology. “Sharing REBOOT’s impact in a scientific, peer-reviewed journal has been a huge goal of mine!” said Jenny. “Those of us who have been a part of REBOOT have seen first hand the life-changing results of the course. It’s time to share this news with the world in such a way that even skeptics will take note. Here, we have preliminary evidence that says that a Christian spiritually-focused peer-led trauma intervention has a significant positive impact on the well-being of combat veterans and their caregivers.”
Results from the study indicate improvement in pain interference, fatigue, sleep disturbance, anxiety and depressive symptoms, and social participation from week 3 to week 12 of the course.
This pilot study has already paved the way for additional program evaluation. Dr. Owens and her team are currently conducting a longitudinal study investigating the impact of REBOOT’s combat and first responder courses on participants’ social connectedness, purpose and meaning, forgiveness, anger, and spirituality. REBOOT will also launch a qualitative study this fall in which graduates of the program will be interviewed to share their evaluation and experience of the program in their own words.