Date of Degree

6-2014

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A.

Program

Liberal Studies

Advisor(s)

Colette Daiute

Subject Categories

Clinical Psychology | Psychology

Keywords

Coping, Family System, Intervention, Mental Health, Military, Trauma

Abstract

Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom have created a new generation of military veterans and military families, many of which must manage and cope with psychosocial challenges such as posttraumatic stress, depression, anxiety, and alcohol abuse induced by the psychological trauma(s) faced during war. Risk factors, buffering factors, and war zone stressors influencing the development of PTSD following military-related trauma will be reviewed. As many of these affected veterans return to living with spouses and children, these psychosocial issues show to bring forth tension, stress, and friction to the family system. This thesis explores the literature of family system challenges faced by male and female U.S. veterans, and child outcomes.

Through a review of empirical literature, a case will be made that not only does the veteran affect his/her spouse and child(ren) while enduring difficult psychological conditions, but the spouses and child(ren) also have a reciprocal effect on the veteran's coping efficacy and recovery process. Therefore, this text will contend that there is a need to view these mental health challenges as a family systems issue, with implications for a need to develop family system interventions for successful management and recovery for veterans, spouses, and children combined.

Share

COinS
 
 

To view the content in your browser, please download Adobe Reader or, alternately,
you may Download the file to your hard drive.

NOTE: The latest versions of Adobe Reader do not support viewing PDF files within Firefox on Mac OS and if you are using a modern (Intel) Mac, there is no official plugin for viewing PDF files within the browser window.