Relationship Problems and Military Related PTSD: The Case for Using Emotionally Focused Therapy for Couples

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In this paper, the authors argue that effective couple interventions are important for the military given the impact deployment-related posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) has on couple relationships. The authors review the literature on military relationships and how PTSD, in particular, is problematic for these relationships. The authors then review evidence based couple therapy interventions targeting military couples and argue that Emotionally Focused Therapy is an ideally suited means of working with these couples as they face PTSD.

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Blow, A.J., Curtis, A.F., Wittenborn, A.K. et al. Relationship Problems and Military Related PTSD: The Case for Using Emotionally Focused Therapy for Couples. Contemp Fam Ther 37, 261–270 (2015). https://doi.org/10.1007/s10591-015-9345-7

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Keywords

  • Couple therapy
  • Marital therapy
  • Military couples
  • PTSD
  • Emotionally focused therapy