School of Behavioral Sciences
Doctor of Education in Community Care and Counseling (EdD)
PTSD, Wives, Locus of Control, Marital Satisfaction
Sims, Rachel, "An Investigation of the Impacts of Locus of Control on Marital Satisfaction Among Wives of Combat Veterans with PTSD in the U.S." (2022). Doctoral Dissertations and Projects. 3534.
Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a significant cause of marital instability and divorce among PTSD veterans, which researchers have cited in the field of psychological disorders. The current study investigated the psychological structure of how marital satisfaction was related to the locus of control among wives of veterans with PTSD diagnosis. No prior studies have explored this relationship, as shown from an extensive search in current literature. The study compared the reported marital satisfaction of women with the locus of control to fill this gap. The family systems theory was applied to guide this research study. In addition, the study further evaluated how marital satisfaction was influenced by stress level and demographic factors (and years of marriage and number of children). The research adopted an experimental study design and simple random sampling. The primary method of data collection was the survey questionnaire. Quantitative data from the primary respondents were analyzed using descriptive statistics, correlation, and regression analysis with SPSS V.20 software. The findings were presented using pie charts, bar graphs, and tables.