ERIC Number: EJ911779
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Feb
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Family Reintegration Difficulties and Couples Therapy for Military Veterans and Their Spouses
Sayers, S. L.
Cognitive and Behavioral Practice, v18 n1 p108-119 Feb 2011
There is compelling evidence that mental health problems complicate the process of family reintegration of military service members after a wartime deployment. Couples in which one spouse has recently returned from military deployment in Iraq or Afghanistan and are experiencing marital problems can present a significant treatment challenge. There is little empirical evidence regarding effective treatments for this population, and these couples tend to exhibit a wide range of difficulties, including the following: conflicts about reintegration, problems with posttraumatic stress disorder and/or depression, chronic injury, infidelity, and personal and social challenges associated with rejoining civilian life. Behavioral couples therapy provides a useful framework for intervention with these couples, combined with individual treatment and education about the impact of combat deployment. This paper discusses considerations for integrating these treatment approaches and future clinical and research needs for these couples.
Descriptors: Military Service, Marital Instability, Research Needs, Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, Foreign Countries, Therapy, Depression (Psychology), Spouses, Veterans, Intervention, Models, Family (Sociological Unit)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Identifiers - Location: Afghanistan; Iraq