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J Marital Fam Ther. 1998 Apr;24(2):243-50.

Family systems therapy after Operation Desert Storm with European-theater veterans.

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VA National Center for PTSD, VT 05009, USA.

Abstract

We describe a quasi-experimental trial of time-limited family therapy with veterans and families of veterans who served in Europe, outside the war zone, during Operation Desert Storm (ODS). Family systems therapy was provided both to individuals and conjointly to couples or families during the acute postwar readjustment period. The intervention adapted strategies from structural, strategic, intergenerational, and behavioral family therapies in a brief-treatment protocol for systemic stressor resolution. Veterans given family system therapy were able to resume functional levels of psychosocial adjustment and reduce the risk of long-term (chronic or delayed) psychosocial impairment. Based on these preliminary findings, controlled evaluation of family systems therapy appears warranted for individuals and families exposed to subtraumatic stressors such as wartime non-war-zone military deployment.

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