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Vietnam combat trauma: a family affair.

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) continues to exact a psychological toll not just on a substantial number of Vietnam combat veterans, but on their families as well, according to a report in the December Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology. From late 1986 through May 1988, interviews were conducted with a random national sample of 1,200 Vietnam vets, 319 of whom suffered from PTSD, and with 376 spouses or live-in partners of the vets, including 122 married to or living with PTSD victims.

In the year prior to interviews, families of veterans diagnosed with PTSD experienced far more violent acts by both partners, more marital problems, more emotional distress, and a greater number of serious behavior problems among children.

Still, a sizable minority of families of vets with PTSD cope at least fairly well with personal and family problems, report psychologist B. Kathleen Jordan of Research Triangle Institute in Research Triangle Park, N.C., and her colleagues.
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Title Annotation:post-traumatic stress syndrome affects entire family
Publication:Science News
Article Type:Brief Article
Date:Jan 9, 1993
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