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Posttraumatic stress disorder symptoms, levels of social support, and emotional hiding in returning veterans

Jeanne M. Duax, PhD, et al.

The postdeployment period is an important time for veterans to reestablish social connections and readjust to civilian life. For veterans with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptoms, disruptions in social support can interfere with recovery. We administered a brief survey to veterans who had returned from Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom deployments. We found that veterans who reported PTSD symptoms showed high levels of holding back their feelings, thoughts, and difficulties from significant others, friends, and family. It is important for clinicians working with veterans with PTSD symptoms to discuss veterans’ attitudes regarding emotional disclosure and social support.
http://dx.doi.org/10.1682/JRRD.2012.12.0234

Volume 51 Number 4, 2014
   Pages 571 — 578


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This article and any supplementary material should be cited as follows:
Duax JM, Bohnert KM, Rauch SA, Defever AM. Posttraumatic stress disorder symptoms, levels of social support, and emotional hiding in returning veterans. J Rehabil Res Dev. 2014;51(4):571–78.
http://dx.doi.org/10.1682/JRRD.2012.12.0234
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