The need for psychodynamic principles in outreach to new combat veterans and their families.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

Although Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) has come to be understood in primarily biological terms, the problems of returning combat veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan (and indeed, of their families) are best understood in psychodynamic terms. Their needs would be better met through a public health model that incorporates progressive outreach and engagement of all new veterans rather than a traditional medical model which focuses only on those with a biological disorder. Work with new veterans and their families requires facilitation of their own adaptive processes (psychological, social, and biological). This approach carries with it the potential to reorient and revitalize the theory and practice of psychiatry.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Kudler, H

Published Date

  • 2007

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 35 / 1

Start / End Page

  • 39 - 50

PubMed ID

  • 17480187

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1546-0371

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1521/jaap.2007.35.1.39


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States