Family Models of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder

Candice M. Monson, Steffany Jane Fredman, Rachel Dekel, Alexandra Macdonald

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This chapter reviews the extant literature on the interpersonal aspects of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), with a focus on couple and family models of PTSD. Topics include the association of PTSD with a variety of family relationship problems in a range of traumatized populations. The role of relevant interpersonal constructs in the development and maintenance of PTSD (e.g., social support, attachment) and the psychological effects of PTSD symptoms on family members and their relations are discussed. In addition, models that take into account a range of relationship variables and the likely bi-directional association between individual and family functioning in PTSD are presented. Future directions for theory and research, as well as the clinical implications of this work are outlined.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationThe Oxford Handbook of Traumatic Stress Disorders
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Electronic)9780199968695
ISBN (Print)0195399064, 9780195399066
StatePublished - Nov 21 2012

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Psychology(all)


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