Predictors of partner engagement in PTSD treatment

Frederic Sautter, Judith A. Lyons, Gina Manguno-Mire, Dana Perry, Xiaotong Han, Michelle Sherman, Leann Myers, Ronald Landis, Greer Sullivan

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A telephone survey was conducted to identify predictors of treatment engagement in 83 cohabitating female partners of 83 Vietnam theater veterans with combat-related post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The survey assessed veterans for their trauma history and PTSD symptoms. Partners were assessed for caregiver burden, patient-partner involvement, PTSD treatment engagement, self-efficacy relating to PTSD, beliefs about benefits of PTSD treatment, and PTSD treatment barriers. Significant predictors of partner PTSD treatment engagement were the couple's income, patient-partner involvement, and partner caregiver burden. These findings have implications for family interventions that may increase partner PTSD treatment engagement and improve PTSD treatment outcome.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)123-130
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Psychopathology and Behavioral Assessment
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 2006


  • Couples
  • Couples therapy
  • Families
  • Family therapy
  • PTSD
  • Treatment engagement


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