Community Mental Health Journal

, Volume 27, Issue 3, pp 209–224 | Cite as

Treating post traumatic stress disorder couples: A psychoeducational program

  • Claire Rabin
  • Chen Nardi
International Article

Abstract

The effects of veterans' war-related emotional disorders on wives has received little attention in the literature on families and family therapy. Clinical evidence shows devastating effects of combat-related psychopathology on the marriage relationship. Post-traumatic stress disorder can result in chronic marital distress, in addition to veteran disabilities. It is contended here that a clinical couples' therapy model fails to address the specific needs of this population of couples. A cognitive-behavioral analysis of the effects of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) on couple functioning is presented as well as a rationale for treatment based on psychoeducational, cognitive-behavioral, and self-help principles. This paper reviews an experimental program carried out in Israel designed to reach and treat the PTSD couple.

Keywords

Public Health Health Psychology Clinical Evidence Stress Disorder Family Therapy 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Claire Rabin
    • 1
  • Chen Nardi
    • 1
  1. 1.Bob Shapell School of Social WorkTel Aviv UniversityRamat AvivIsrael

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