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Clin Psychol Rev. 2009 Dec;29(8):707-14. doi: 10.1016/j.cpr.2009.09.002. Epub 2009 Sep 10.

Military-related PTSD and intimate relationships: from description to theory-driven research and intervention development.

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Ryerson University, Department of Psychology, 350 Victoria Avenue, Toronto, ON Canada M5B 2K3.


Military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan have brought heightened awareness of military related PTSD, as well as the intimate relationship problems that accompany the disorder and can influence the course of veterans' trauma recovery. In this paper, we review recent research that documents the association between PTSD and intimate relationship problems in the most recent cohort of returning veterans and also synthesize research on prior eras of veterans and their intimate relationships in order to inform future research and treatment efforts with recently returned veterans and their families. We highlight the need for more theoretically-driven research that can account for the likely reciprocally causal association between PTSD and intimate relationship problems to advance understanding and inform prevention and treatment efforts for veterans and their families. Future research directions are offered to advance this field of study.

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