Volume 49 Number 5, 2012
Pages 717 — 728
Abstract — A well-documented association exists 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 regarding couple/family therapy offered in the newest version of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)/Department of Defense (DOD) VA/DOD Clinical Practice Guideline for Management of Post-Traumatic Stress. We then provide a heuristic for clinicians, researchers, and policy makers to consider when incorporating couple/family interventions into Veterans’ mental health services. The range of research that has been conducted on couple/family therapy for Veterans with PTSD is reviewed using this heuristic, and suggestions for clinical practice are offered.
Key words: caregiver burden, clinical practice guidelines, cognitive-behavioral therapy, couple/family therapy, emotionally focused couple therapy, mental health, PTSD, rehabilitation, strategic approach therapy, Veterans.
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