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(p. 182) Aggression and Anger in Veterans With Posttraumatic Stress Disorder 

(p. 182) Aggression and Anger in Veterans With Posttraumatic Stress Disorder
(p. 182) Aggression and Anger in Veterans With Posttraumatic Stress Disorder

Elizabeth E. Van Voorhees

, Paul A. Dennis

, Eric B. Elbogen

, Patrick S. Calhoun

, and Jean C. Beckham

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date: 25 October 2020

The link between post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and aggression in combat veterans has been documented in the scientific literature since PTSD was first defined in the third edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders in 1980. Little research has been dedicated to understanding this association. This chapter briefly reviews prevalence rates and functional impairment associated with anger and aggression in veterans with PTSD. It then presents a theoretical model integrating current research on potential cognitive, affective, physiological, and behavioral mechanisms. A 12-week, manualized group therapy protocol based on this model is described, and directions for future research are discussed.

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