Trauma Symptoms and Relationship Satisfaction: An Examination of Self and Partner Contribution in Dual-Trauma Outpatient Clinical Couples
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American Journal of Family Therapy
Using a sample of 107 clinical couples in which both had experienced childhood trauma, the study investigated if and to what extent each spouse’s trauma symptoms and relationship satisfaction were contributed by their partner’s trauma experience. The results show that symptoms in dysphoric mood and posttraumatic stress were contributed exclusively by the trauma experience of self, symptoms in sexual difficulties exclusively by partner trauma experiences, while symptoms in self-dysfunction were contributed by both. Childhood trauma experiences had only a limited contribution to relationship satisfaction. Gender differences in the dual-trauma context are highlighted. Clinical implications are discussed based on the findings.
childhood abuse and neglect, circular causality, Dual-trauma, relationship satisfaction, trauma symptoms
Shi, Lin, "Trauma Symptoms and Relationship Satisfaction: An Examination of Self and Partner Contribution in Dual-Trauma Outpatient Clinical Couples" (2020). NIU Bibliography. 402.
School of Family and Consumer Sciences