The research in this brief shows that there is a negative association within combat deployment, military families, and spousal relationships. These groups need the proper resources to have successful family reintegration, and additional issues during this process can be exacerbated by pre-existing psychological trauma and family issues. Behavioral Couples Therapy (BCT) is a potential solution to relieving these challenges. Future research in this field should include additional research into types of therapies and their effects on comorbidities in military families, as well as empirical research into elements which might help prior to deployment.
Sayers, S. L. (2011). Family reintegration difficulties and couples therapy for military veterans and their spouses. Cognitive and Behavioral Practice, 18(1), 108-119. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cbpra.2010.03.002
Family, Life Course, and Society | Military and Veterans Studies | Public Affairs, Public Policy and Public Administration | Social and Behavioral Sciences
Military families, Veterans, Military spouses, Reintegration, Behavioral couples’ therapy (BCT), Operation Enduring Freedom/Operation Iraqi Freedom (OEF/OIF)
Veterans; Families of military personnel; Military spouses; Veterans reintegration; Behavior therapy; Couples therapy; Operation Enduring Freedom, 2001-; Iraq War, 2003-2011
Government and Community Services; Military Families
Institute for Veterans and Military Families at Syracuse University
Institute for Veterans and Military Families at Syracuse University, "Research Brief: "Family Reintegration Difficulties and Couples Therapy for Military Veterans and Their Spouses"" (2012). Institute for Veterans and Military Families. 378.
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