Andrew Edgar

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Master Of Arts In Clinical Psychology

Colleges & School

College Of Arts And Sciences

First Advisor

Brad Grunert, PhD

Library of Congress Subject Heading

Post-traumatic stress disorder; Combat Psychological aspects; Veterans--Mental health care--United States; Quality of life; Marital relations


Research has shown that combat-related Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) has significant interpersonal effects upon the veteran and his or her spouse/partner. The present study examined gender perceptions of eighty-five randomly selected participants, who were asked to read three scenarios depicting increasing levels of combat-related traumatic stress. Participants then answered questions relating to their individual perception of the effects of the traumatic incident upon the veteran's quality of life, spouse's quality of life, and the quality of marital relations. Participant perceptions were expected to be significantly affected by participant's gender. The results revealed that gender had a significant impact on participants' perceptions regarding the quality of life for the veteran at a mild level of traumatic exposure, but did not reveal any additional impact. The findings suggest important implications for mental health professionals, teachers, and law enforcement, who deal with the personal and interpersonal effects of combat ­related PTSD.


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