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Exploration of gender differences in how quality of life relates to posttraumatic stress disorder in male and female veterans

Paula P. Schnurr, PhD; Carole A. Lunney, MA

People with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) have reduced quality of life. For example, they may have trouble in their interpersonal relationships. We examined whether differences exist between men and women in quality of life by studying more than 500 male and female veterans who were receiving treatment for PTSD from the Department of Veterans Affairs. Men and women reported similar, but poor, quality of life. Men and women also did not differ in how their PTSD symptoms affected quality of life. The findings show that quality of life should receive increased attention in our research and clinical efforts to help male and female veterans with PTSD.

Volume 45 Number 3, 2008
   Pages 383 — 394

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