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Being a Wife of a Veteran with Posttraumatic Stress Disorder

Article

This study explores the experiences of wives who live with veterans with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and how living with someone who has PTSD affects them and others living in the home environment.

Abstract

We present the findings from a qualitative study examining the marital perceptions of 9 wives of veterans with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Data were from a semi-structured in-depth focus group interview. Findings reveal how the lives of these women largely revolved around their husband's illness. The wives faced constant tension between being drawn into a fusion with their husbands and the struggle to maintain their independence. In addition, the wives identified positive aspects of the marital relationship that granted them strength for current and future coping.

Full Reference

Rachel Dekel, Hadass Goldblatt, Michal Keidar, Zahava Solomon, Michael Polliack, 2005, Being a Wife of a Veteran with Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, 54, 1, 24-36.