We investigated the relationships between secondary traumatization, marital adjustment, and self-rated health among wives of former prisoners of war. Participants were Israeli wives of former prisoners of war (N = 116) and a matched control group of wives of combat veterans (N = 56). Wives of former prisoners of war reported worse self-rated health compared to the control group of wives of combat veterans. Wives of former prisoners of war also reported higher levels of secondary traumatization, and marital adjustment moderated the relationship between wives' secondary traumatization and their general health. The experience of living with former prisoners of war who might also suffer from posttraumatic stress disorder is associated with wives' own psychological and self-rated health outcomes.
|Number of pages||14|
|Journal||Journal of Health Psychology|
|State||Published - 5 Feb 2015|
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- Marital adjustment
- Posttraumatic stress disorder
- Prisoner of war
- Secondary traumatization
- Self-rated health
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Applied Psychology