The support system and amelioration of PTSD in Vietnam veterans

Don R Catherall

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The traumatic stress survivor utilizes a social healing process to defuse the influence of the traumatic material and assimilate it. The healing process has two introspective dimensions, the mourning of losses and the examination of self. Each individual relies on a social context to accomplish the process. If patients do not feel approved of within their social context, then they are unable to assume an objective attitude of self-examination. The combined process of mourning and self-examination can enable the veteran to come to better terms with the identity issues of young adulthood, provided that there is a supportive social network available.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)472-482
Number of pages11
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jan 1 1986

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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