There are well-documented associations among veterans’ posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptoms, family relationship problems, and mental health problems in partners and children of veterans. This article reviews the recommendations for couple/family therapy made in the newest version of the Department of Veterans Affairs/Department of Defense Clinical Practice Guideline for PTSD. Research on couple/family therapy for PTSD with veterans is described, and a heuristic is offered for clinicians and researchers to consider when incorporating couple/family treatments into veterans’ mental health services for PTSD.
Volume 49 Number 5, 2012
Pages 717 — 728
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