Problems in families of male Vietnam veterans with posttraumatic stress disorder

J Consult Clin Psychol. 1992 Dec;60(6):916-26. doi: 10.1037//0022-006x.60.6.916.


Interviews were conducted with a nationally representative sample of 1,200 male Vietnam veterans and the spouses or co-resident partners of 376 of these veterans. The veteran interview contained questions to determine the presence of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and items tapping family and marital adjustment, parenting problems, and violence. The spouse or partner (S/P) interview assessed the S/P's view of these items, as well as her view of her own mental health, drug, and alcohol problems and behavioral problems of school-aged children living at home. Compared with families of male veterans without current PTSD, families of male veterans with current PTSD showed markedly elevated levels of severe and diffuse problems in marital and family adjustment, in parenting skills, and in violent behavior. Clinical implications of these findings are discussed.

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Adaptation, Psychological*
  • Adult
  • Combat Disorders / psychology*
  • Family / psychology*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Marriage / psychology*
  • Middle Aged
  • Personality Assessment
  • Veterans / psychology*
  • Vietnam