The effect of combat-related posttraumatic stress disorder on the family

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Abstract

THIS paper reviews literature on the detrimental effect of combat-related posttraumatic stress disorder on the family. The literature indicates that guilt feelings, emotional withdrawal and elevated levels of aggression in the returning veteran make it difficult, perhaps even impossible, for him to fully resume his former roles of father, husband and breadwinner. Wives and children of veterans show psychiatric symptoms. Despite these hardships, the families are generally reluctant to seek professional help. The clinical implications are discussed and suggestions are made for intervention and outreach.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)323-329
Number of pages7
JournalPsychiatry (New York)
Volume51
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 1988
Externally publishedYes

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