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The quality of the intimate relationships of male Vietnam veterans: problems associated with posttraumatic stress disorder.
J Trauma Stress. 1998 Jan; 11(1):87-101.JT

Abstract

This study examined the quality of the intimate relationships of male Vietnam veterans. Heterosexual couples in which the veteran had posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD; n = 26) were compared to couples in which the veteran did not have PTSD (n = 24). Over 70% of the PTSD veterans and their partners reported clinically significant levels of relationship distress compared to only about 30% of the non-PTSD couples. Relationship difficulties appeared to encompass a wide range of areas, with PTSD veterans and their partners reporting that they had more problems in their relationships, more difficulties with intimacy, and had taken more steps toward separation and divorce than the non-PTSD veterans and their partners. The degree of relationship distress was correlated with the severity of veterans' PTSD symptoms, particularly symptoms of emotional numbing. Research and clinical implications of the results are discussed.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center, National Center for PTSD, Boston, Massachusetts 02130, USA.No affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article

Language

eng

PubMed ID

9479678

Citation

Riggs, D S., et al. "The Quality of the Intimate Relationships of Male Vietnam Veterans: Problems Associated With Posttraumatic Stress Disorder." Journal of Traumatic Stress, vol. 11, no. 1, 1998, pp. 87-101.
Riggs DS, Byrne CA, Weathers FW, et al. The quality of the intimate relationships of male Vietnam veterans: problems associated with posttraumatic stress disorder. J Trauma Stress. 1998;11(1):87-101.
Riggs, D. S., Byrne, C. A., Weathers, F. W., & Litz, B. T. (1998). The quality of the intimate relationships of male Vietnam veterans: problems associated with posttraumatic stress disorder. Journal of Traumatic Stress, 11(1), 87-101.
Riggs DS, et al. The Quality of the Intimate Relationships of Male Vietnam Veterans: Problems Associated With Posttraumatic Stress Disorder. J Trauma Stress. 1998;11(1):87-101. PubMed PMID: 9479678.
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