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Relationships between soldiers' PTSD symptoms and spousal communication during deployment

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Relationships between soldiers' PTSD symptoms and spousal communication during deployment

Post  Admin on Sun Jun 05, 2011 11:04 am

Relationships between soldiers' PTSD symptoms and spousal communication during deployment

A new study from the Journal of Traumatic Stress found that more frequent spousal communication through "delayed" communication such as letters, care packages, and emails was linked with lower PTSD symptoms after deployment, but only in soldiers with higher levels of marital satisfaction. For soldiers with lower marital satisfaction, frequent communication was linked with more PTSD symptoms.

"We think that letters, which happened less often overall compared to phone calls, had stronger effects," said Loew. "When you receive letters, they can be read again and again, and when you write them, it can be therapeutic."


Article here: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/jts.20649/abstract

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