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Talk to Me: Disclosure of Past Trauma Experiences to Spouses in Military Couples

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Briana S. Nelson Goff ,

School of Family Studies and Human Services Kansas State University, US
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Professor, School of Family Studies and Human Services
Director, Institute for the Health and Security of Military Families

Kansas State University


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Kathryn Hartman,

University of NebraskaNone
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Devon Perkins,

Colorado State UniversityNone
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Kali Summers,

Kansas State UniversityNone
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Laura Walker,

Kansas State UniversityNone
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J. Kale Monk

University of Illinois-UrbanaNone
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Abstract

Trauma disclosure in interpersonal relationships has received limited attention in both clinical and empirical literature. In the current study, using a mixed method research design, participants’ disclosure levels were coded based on their interview descriptions of their disclosure of trauma experiences to their spouse. Participants were classified into one of two groups: low trauma disclosure (n=16) or high trauma disclosure (n=55). The low disclosure group reported significantly lower relationship adjustment than the high disclosure group. In addition, using qualitative methods, the high disclosure group participants reported primarily positive functioning themes, while the low disclosure group participants reported more negative effects.

How to Cite: Nelson Goff, B.S., Hartman, K., Perkins, D., Summers, K., Walker, L. and Monk, J.K., 2016. Talk to Me: Disclosure of Past Trauma Experiences to Spouses in Military Couples. Journal of Veterans Studies, 1(1), pp.98–128. DOI: http://doi.org/10.21061/jvs.40
Published on 15 Jul 2016.

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