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Gepubliceerd in: Journal of Child and Family Studies 11/2019

18-05-2019 | Review Paper

Military Posttraumatic Stress Disorder: A Qualitative Systematic Review of the Experience of Families, Parents and Children

Auteurs: Violette E. McGaw, Andrea E. Reupert, Darryl Maybery

Gepubliceerd in: Journal of Child and Family Studies | Uitgave 11/2019

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Abstract

Objectives

Research into military-related posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and the impact to families is growing. However, qualitative studies exploring the family life or parenting experiences of military/veteran families living with PTSD appears limited. The current paper aimed to systematically review research that explored different family members’ experiences of living in families where a parent had a military related PTSD.

Methods

Adhering to the PRISMA guidelines for systematic reviews, six online databases were comprehensively searched, along with manual searches of relevant journals, reviews and reference lists. Interrater reliability for identifying papers was established through blind co-screening of 20% of search results, with minimal initial discrepancy. Eleven studies were identified. Each study was critically appraised for quality using the RATS (relevancy, appropriateness, transparency, soundness) qualitative research review guidelines.

Results

Thematic analysis identified six primary themes including: the absent parent; walking on eggshells; still part of the family; children and partners as care givers; making sense and understanding; and long-term impacts upon the family. Quality of the identified research was mixed.

Conclusions

The existing literature is extended by presenting a systematic review of published qualitative research on the subjective experiences of the parent with military-related PTSD, their partner and children. Themes across veteran, partner and child focused papers illustrated interconnected elements of the family experience of PTSD. Future studies might integrate the views of family members. Clinicians need to be mindful of the relational context in which PTSD exists.
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Metagegevens
Titel
Military Posttraumatic Stress Disorder: A Qualitative Systematic Review of the Experience of Families, Parents and Children
Auteurs
Violette E. McGaw
Andrea E. Reupert
Darryl Maybery
Publicatiedatum
18-05-2019
Uitgeverij
Springer US
Gepubliceerd in
Journal of Child and Family Studies / Uitgave 11/2019
Print ISSN: 1062-1024
Elektronisch ISSN: 1573-2843
DOI
https://doi.org/10.1007/s10826-019-01469-7