Perceived partner support and post-traumatic symptoms after an acute cardiac event:A longitudinal study

Sivan George-Levi, Keren Fait, Hanoch Hod, Shlomi Matezky, Noa Vilchinsky

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Objective: Cardiac disease induced post-traumatic stress symptoms (CDI-PTSS) have been associated with negative consequences for patients’ mental and physical health. Identifying risk factors as well as potential buffers is necessary for understanding the development and maintenance of CDI-PTSS. The current study focused on the mediating and moderating role played by patients’ perceptions of their partners’ ways of providing support (active engagement, overprotection, and protective buffering) in the development and stabilization of CDI-PTSS levels over time. Method: Male patients (N = 106) were recruited at hospitalization (T1) and completed the study’s questionnaires at two time points: approximately four months after hospital discharge (T2) and approximately eight months after discharge (T3). Results: Structual equation modeling was used to test the study hypotheses. All three forms of T2 perceived partner support were positively associated with T2 CDI-PTSS levels which, in turn, were positively associated with T3 CDI-PTSS levels. The linear association between T2 and T3 CDI-PTSS was positive but decreased as perceived partner protective buffering levels increased. Conclusions: In the context of CDI-PTSS, perceived partner support seems to have a different effect than it has in non-traumatic illness contexts. Interventions for couples coping with CDI-PTSS should be designed accordingly.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1810-1829
Number of pages20
JournalJournal of Social and Personal Relationships
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 2023
Externally publishedYes


FundersFunder number
Bar-Ilan University
Schnitzer Foundation for Research on the Israeli Economy and Society


    • Acute coronary syndrome
    • Partners
    • Perceived support
    • cardiac disease induced post-traumatic stress symptoms
    • couples


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