Frederic J. Sautter, PhD, is Director of Family Mental Health at the Southeast Louisiana Veterans Health Care System in New Orleans, Louisiana, and Core Investigator for the South Central Mental Illness Research Education and Clinical Center; Shirley M. Glynn, PhD, is Research Psychologist at the West Los Angeles Veterans Affairs Medical Center and Associate Research Psychologist at the UCLA Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences in Los Angeles, California; Karin E. Thompson, PhD, is Staff Psychologist in the PTSD Program at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Memphis, Tennessee; Laurel Franklin, PhD, is Program Manager of the OEF/OIF Trauma Recovery Program in the PTSD Program of the Southeast Louisiana Veterans Health Care System in New Orleans, Louisiana; Xiaotong Han is Statistical Research Consultant in the South Central Mental Illness Research Education and Clinical Center in Little Rock, Arkansas.
A Couple-Based Approach to the Reduction of PTSD Avoidance Symptoms: Preliminary Findings
Article first published online: 7 MAY 2009
© 2009 American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy
Journal of Marital and Family Therapy
Volume 35, Issue 3, pages 343–349, July 2009
How to Cite
Sautter, F. J., Glynn, S. M., Thompson, K. E., Franklin, L. and Han, X. (2009), A Couple-Based Approach to the Reduction of PTSD Avoidance Symptoms: Preliminary Findings. Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, 35: 343–349. doi: 10.1111/j.1752-0606.2009.00125.x
- Issue published online: 9 JUN 2009
- Article first published online: 7 MAY 2009
This study reports preliminary findings regarding the feasibility and efficacy of a novel couple-based treatment, named Strategic Approach Therapy (SAT), for reducing avoidance symptoms of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Six male Vietnam combat veterans diagnosed with PTSD and their cohabitating marital partners participated in 10 weeks of SAT treatment. Self-report, clinician ratings, and partner ratings of PTSD symptoms were obtained before the first session and after the tenth session of treatment. Veterans reported statistically significant reductions in self-reported, clinician-rated, and partner-rated effortful avoidance, emotional numbing, and overall PTSD severity. These data indicate that SAT offers promise as an effective treatment for PTSD avoidance symptoms.