Family Functioning and Soldier PTSD: Correlates of Treatment Engagement and Military Job Satisfaction
Technical Report,15 Sep 2008,14 Jul 2015
RESEARCH TRIANGLE INST (RTI) RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK NC RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK
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The purpose of this study was to examine associations among family functioning, spouse and child mental health symptoms, treatment engagement, and Soldier job satisfaction in active duty Soldiers with PTSD. The specific aim was to identify facilitators of Soldier treatment engagement for PTSD. Two rounds of recruiting were completed, one at Fort Bragg and one at Fort Jackson, yielding 47 Soldier spouse pairs who completed a survey via telephone. The survey included standardized instruments covering demographics, Soldier and spouse mental health service use, family functioning, spouse depression, spouse anxiety, child mental health symptoms and service use, and Soldier job satisfaction. Spouse depression was the strongest correlate of family functioning, and spouse treatment engagement was the strongest correlate of Soldier treatment engagement. An unexpected finding was that Soldiers were highly engaged in treatment, completing more than 50 treatment sessions, on average, with a mental health professional, yet they still met PTSD criteria. Family functioning was positively and significantly correlated with military job satisfaction.
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- Military Forces and Organizations