Key Factors Involved in Engaging Significant Others in the Treatment of Vietnam Veterans With PTSD

Michelle D. Sherman, Dean Blevins, Jo Ann Kirchner, Lauren Ridener, Troy Jackson

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Abstract

In an effort to be responsive to the often complicated, multilayered family issues of people living with posttraumatic stress disorder, many well-intentioned therapists create a variety of family-based services-only to be discouraged when participation is very low. In the current project, 10 Vietnam veterans with posttraumatic stress disorder who were active in a stress recovery program and their live-in female partners completed separate semistructured interviews. Interviews explored each couple's perceptions about family participation in mental health treatment, including potential benefits and barriers. Findings revealed 9 key themes that elucidate many of the important issues in family engagement. The authors make 7 recommendations about how clinicians can overcome some of the possible obstacles to involving families in care.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)443-450
Number of pages8
JournalProfessional Psychology: Research and Practice
Volume39
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 1 2008

Keywords

  • Vietnam veterans
  • engagement
  • family psychoeducation
  • family therapy
  • posttraumatic stress disorder

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