Cognitive–behavioral conjoint therapy for posttraumatic stress disorder: application to operation enduring and Iraqi Freedom veterans

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  • Candice M. Monson,

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    1. National Center for PTSD, Women's Health Sciences Division, and Boston University School of Medicine
    • National Center for PTSD, Women's Health Sciences Division VA Boston Healthcare System, 150 South Huntington Avenue (116B-3), Boston, MA 02130
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  • Steffany J. Fredman,

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    1. National Center for PTSD, Women's Health Sciences Division, and Boston University School of Medicine
    • National Center for PTSD, Women's Health Sciences Division VA Boston Healthcare System, 150 South Huntington Avenue (116B-3), Boston, MA 02130
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  • Kathryn C. Adair

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    1. National Center for PTSD, Women's Health Sciences Division
    • National Center for PTSD, Women's Health Sciences Division VA Boston Healthcare System, 150 South Huntington Avenue (116B-3), Boston, MA 02130
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  • This work was partially supported by National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) grant 1 R34 MH076813-01A2.

Abstract

As the newest generation of veterans returns home from their duties abroad, many face the individual and interpersonal aftereffects of duty-related traumatic experiences. Despite the established association between posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and relationship problems, there is a lack of evidence-based conjoint treatments that target both PTSD and relationship distress. Cognitive–behavioral conjoint therapy (CBCT) for PTSD was developed to address this need. The authors summarize knowledge on the association between PTSD and relationship functioning, as well as recent research on veterans and their partners. Following an overview of CBCT for PTSD, the authors present a case study to illustrate the application of CBCT to an Operation Enduring and Iraqi Freedom couple. © 2008 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. J Clin Psychol: In Session 64:1-14, 2008.

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