Nurse Scientist Center for Nursing Science and Clinical Inquiry; Lieutenant Colonel in the United States Army Nurse Corps.
Couple functioning and post-traumatic stress symptoms in US army couples: The role of resilience†
Article first published online: 12 DEC 2011
This article is a U.S. Government work and is in the public domain in the USA.
Research in Nursing & Health
Volume 35, Issue 2, pages 164–177, April 2012
How to Cite
Melvin, K. C., Gross, D., Hayat, M. J., Jennings, B. M. and Campbell, J. C. (2012), Couple functioning and post-traumatic stress symptoms in US army couples: The role of resilience. Res. Nurs. Health, 35: 164–177. doi: 10.1002/nur.21459
This research was sponsored by the TriService Nursing Research Program (TSNRP), Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USUHS). However, the information, conclusions do not necessarily represent the official position or policy of, nor should any official endorsement be inferred by, the TSNRP, USUHS, the Department of Defense, or the U.S. Government.
- Issue published online: 4 MAR 2012
- Article first published online: 12 DEC 2011
- Manuscript Accepted: 16 NOV 2011
- post-traumatic stress;
- psychological trauma;
- CATS model;
The purpose of this study was to investigate combat-related post-traumatic stress symptoms (PTSS) and couple relationships in Army couples. US Army combat veteran couples (N = 66 couples) completed self-report questionnaires on couple functioning, coercion, resilience, and PTSS. In 23% of the couples (n = 15), both members had PTSS above the clinical cut-off for suspected Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Higher levels of PTSS were associated with lower couple functioning and resilience. Individuals with high resilience scores reported higher couple functioning scores, regardless of PTSS (p = .004). Future researchers should focus on the role of resilience in relation to couple functioning, and ways to amplify resilience in military couples. Published 2011. This article is a U.S. Government work and is in the public domain in the USA. Res Nurs Health 35:164–177, 2012