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A novel mind-body podcast program for military and veteran caregivers

APA Citation:

Bui, E., Blackburn, A. M., Brenner, L. H., Laifer, L. M., Park, E., Denninger, J. W., …Sylvia, L. (2023). A novel mind-body podcast program for military and veteran caregivers. International Journal of Mental Health. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1080/00207411.2023.2250938

Abstract Created by REACH:

Providing care for a Service member or Veteran (SM/V) family member can be stressful and overwhelming. Resilient Caregiver is a 15- to 20-minute daily mindfulness podcast, focused on stress reduction, for caregivers of SM/Vs. This study aimed to assess Resilient Caregiver’s feasibility, acceptability, and initial effectiveness with a sample of 55 caregivers for SM/Vs. Participants reported their perceived stress, depressive and anxiety symptoms, medical symptoms, and contentment with and ability to participate in social roles at 3 time points: before the 28-day program, halfway through, and immediately after. Program satisfaction was assessed after the program. The findings support the feasibility, acceptability, and initial effectiveness of the Resilient Caregiver podcast program.



Branch of Service:

Multiple branches

Military Affiliation:

Active Duty

Subject Affiliation:

Spouse of service member or veteran


Adulthood (18 yrs & older)
Middle age (40 - 64 yrs)


Bui, Eric, Blackburn, Allyson M., Brenner, Lauren H., Laifer, Lauren M., Park, Elyse, Denninger, John W., Spencer, Thomas J., Fricchione, Gregory, Sylvia, Louisa


Mind-body interventions reduce stress and improve overall health and functioning among caregivers but are not readily available in the community. We adapted an existing 8-week mind-body program into a 28-day daily podcast series that included psychoeducation about the stress response, relaxation-response training, and self-compassion practices. The intervention was piloted among military caregivers in an open trial. Participants were N = 55 caregivers (100% cisgender women, M(SD)age = 42.3 (9.1)) who were assessed at baseline, midpoint (on the fourteenth day of the program), and endpoint (upon completion of the 28-day program) for symptoms of perceived stress (primary outcome), depression, anxiety, somatic complaints, and functioning. From baseline to endpoint, there were significant decreases in perceived stress (coefficient =

Publication Type:

REACH Publication


caregivers, military, mindfulness, perceived stress, Podcast

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  December 2023

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