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Predictors of relationship adjustment among male combat veterans

Trauma is a common occurance, and when unaddressed it could potentially develop into posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Military members are exposed to potential traumatic events when deployed to combat zones. Military veterans are vulnerable to develop PTSD. PTSD can affect a variety of aspects of one's life, including relationships which include dyadic coping and satisfaction. Previous research has shown that individuals living with PTSD report lower dyadic coping, lower dyadic adjustment, and higher depression rates. The current study examined PTSD severity, depression and dyadic coping as predictors of dyadic adjustment using archival data. As predicted, depression and dyadic coping showed statistically significance with predicting dyadic adjustment. PTSD severity was not found to be statistically significant to predicting dyadic adjustment.

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