Returning Soldiers with Ptsd: How Does This Disorder Affect the Spouse?

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Returning soldiers with PTSD: How does this disorder affect the spouse? Cindy L. Giese
Psychology 6400
Megan Tsang, PsyD
March 5, 2012
University of the Rockies

Abstract
The purpose for this research proposal is to find out if spouses are under more stress than the returning soldier. PTSD is a growing problem in returning veterans. The importance of this topic is to contribute to the exiting research on PTSD and the effects on children, especially the spouses of the returning soldiers. The impact of the returning soldiers on the spouse and families does not appear to be getting the attention it deserves, since the main focus appears to be on the retuning soldier. The method used in this proposal is quasi-experimental, because the population contains an equal amount of men and women. The questions one needs to ask is how prevalent is PTSD for the returning soldier, how it expressed, and how does it impact the family, especially the spouses? The methods that will be used is qualitative research and questionnaire to conduct this research study The participants will sign permission slips stating that give there permission to release the information for other studies on this subject. There will also be dianositic forms for PTSD for all returning members from all combat zones.


Returning soldiers with PTSD: How does this disorder affect the spouses? Introduction
PTSD is a growing problem for returning veterans. The importance of this topic is to contribute to the exiting research on PTSD and the effects on families, especially the spouses of the returning soldiers. The impact of the returning soldiers on the spouse and families does not appear to be getting the attention it deserves, since the main focus appears to be on the retuning soldier. The questions one needs to ask is how prevalent is PTSD for the returning soldier, how it expressed, and how does it impact the family, especially the spouses? The purpose for this study is to find out how many military families are affected by the returning soldier with or without PTSD. There are so many families affected by PTSD that we are not aware of. This study will cover the affects on military families and to see how many families are affected by PTSD. Literature Review

PTSD is a mental disorder that is caused by severer emotional trauma (N.A., 2011). Supporting the soldier physically and emotionally can be trying on a family (Hayes, Wakefield, Anderson, Scherrer, Traylor, Wiegmann, Demark, & DeSouza, 2010). The stress on the spouse can be an over whelming experience. Some spouses may experience depression or a feeling of loneliness. The purpose for this study is to find our whether or not spouses experience higher levels of stress if faced with a spouse who returns home from service with a diagnosis of PTSD compared to those spouses whose loved one return home from service without a diagnosis of PTSD.

Recent studies have shown that other mental health issues and symptoms might arise within the family members as a result of their interaction with the returning soldier and family member (Hayes, Wakefield, Anderson, Scherrer, Traylor, Wiegmann, DeMark, & DeSourza, 2010). Hayes, et, al; 2010; found that spouses experienced feelings of depression and feelings of loneness after being exposed to a returning soldier with PTSD. Researchers want to find the association between the spouse’s symptoms surrounding the returning soldier (Hayes, et al; 2010). Identifying these issues was the focus of this study done by the VA in Kansas City Missouri.

According to the VA medical center having PTSD does cause other mental health issues, such as depression, anxiety, and domestic violence (N.A. 2011). Hayes , Wakefield, Andresen, Scherrer, Traylor, Wiegmann, Demark, & DeSouza. 2010 conducted a study about the role of the family members on the physical and mental well-being of returning veterans from Operation Iraqui Freedom and Operation Enduring...
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