Encyclopedia of Couple and Family Therapy

2019 Edition
| Editors: Jay L. Lebow, Anthony L. Chambers, Douglas C. Breunlin

Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) in Couple and Family Therapy

  • Candice M. MonsonEmail author
  • Naomi Ennis
  • Steffany J. Fredman
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-49425-8_453

Name of Concept

Posttraumatic Stress Disorder in Couple and Family Therapy


Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a prevalent and pernicious disorder characterized by intrusion symptoms (e.g., flashbacks); persistent avoidance of stimuli, emotions, and thoughts associated with the traumatic event; negative alterations in cognitions and moods (e.g., persistent negative emotional state); and alterations in arousal and reactivity (e.g., sleep disturbances; American Psychiatric Association 2013). PTSD is strongly associated with intimate relationship and family relationship problems. In addition, PTSD in one intimate partner is associated with psychological problems and caregiver burden in the other partner. In consideration of these associations, and of the potent role of social support in trauma recovery (e.g., Ozer et al. 2003), efforts have been made to develop couple- and family-based interventions for the treatment of PTSD. Couple- and family-based interventions for...

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Candice M. Monson
    • 1
    Email author
  • Naomi Ennis
    • 1
  • Steffany J. Fredman
    • 2
  1. 1.Ryerson UniversityTorontoCanada
  2. 2.The Pennsylvania State UniversityUniversity ParkUSA

Section editors and affiliations

  • Farrah Hughes
    • 1
  • Allen Sabey
    • 2
  1. 1.Employee Assistance ProgramMcLeod HealthFlorenceUSA
  2. 2.The Family Institute at Northwestern UniversityEvanstonUSA