Mental health needs of cohabiting partners of Vietnam veterans with combat-related PTSD

Michelle D. Sherman, Fred Sautter, Judith A. Lyons, Gina M. Manguno-Mire, Xiatong Han, Dana Perry, Greer Sullivan

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Abstract

The objectives of this study were to perform an initial needs assessment of partners of Vietnam veterans with combat-related post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and to assess the partners' current rates of treatment use. A telephone survey was conducted with 89 cohabitating female partners of male combat veterans who were receiving outpatient PTSD treatment at two Department of Veterans Affairs medical centers. Although large majorities of partners rated individual therapy and family therapy to help cope with PTSD in the family as highly important, only about one-quarter of the partners had received any mental health care in the previous six months. The most commonly requested service was a women-only group.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1150-1152
Number of pages3
JournalPsychiatric Services
Volume56
Issue number9
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 2005

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