Family Models of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder

Candice M. Monson, Steffany J. Fredman, Rachel Dekel and Alexandra Macdonald

in The Oxford Handbook of Traumatic Stress Disorders

Published in print February 2012 | ISBN: 9780195399066
Published online November 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Library of Psychology

Family Models of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder


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.

Keywords: posttraumatic stress disorder; ptsd; family; couples family models of posttraumatic stress disorder

Article.  10112 words. 

Subjects: Psychology ; Clinical Psychology

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