College of Arts & Sciences

Date of Award

Spring 5-2009

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

Department

Psychology

First Advisor

Linda M. Montgomery, Ph.D.

Second Advisor

James Olson, Ph.D.

Third Advisor

Roy Hurst, Ph.D.

Abstract

Various studies have been conducted within our United States military service members and their problems with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). There are several factors as to why a combat veteran can develop PTSD (Committee on Gulf War and Health, 2008) , PTSD could effect their life and marital satisfaction. The present study consisted of 15 married couples, in which the husband has served combat duty in Iraq or Afghanistan. The total level of PTSD symptomology was compared to each individual's life and marital satisfaction. There was no significance correlations found between the husbands' PTSD symptoms and their quality of life, nor for their marital satisfaction. The wives indicated less satisfaction with both their marriages and their lives, as they perceived their husband to have more PTSD symptoms.

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