Research conducted at The Family Institute at Northwestern University detected clear interpersonal behavior differences between couples with and without posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
The study examined conflict behavior in a sample of 64 military couples. Compared to couples without PTSD, couples with PTSD displayed more interpersonal hostility and control; more sulking, blaming, and controlling behavior; and less affirming and connecting behavior.
"Results advance our understanding of the relational impacts of PTSD on military service members and their partners, and underscore the value of couple-based interventions for PTSD," said the study's principal investigator, Lynne Knobloch-Fedders, Ph.D., clinical psychologist and researcher at The Family Institute at Northwestern University.
Family Institute at Northwestern University