His and Hers: The Interface of Military Couples’ Biological, Psychological, and Relational Health

Lisa J. Trump, Angela L. Lamson, Melissa E. Lewis, Amelia R. Muse

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Serving in the military has the capacity to influence military personnel, civilian spouses, and marriages in unique ways. The purpose of the present study was to provide dyadic insight into the interface between biological, psychological, and relational health factors for military couples. Couples were recruited through a military medical center (N = 75) in the United States and both partners were assessed on several measures of biopsychorelational health. Actor-partner interdependence models were used to predict marital quality and satisfaction in relation to each partner’s experience with distress, symptoms of depression, and heart rate variability. Results indicated that husbands’ pain predicted husbands’ and wives’ positive marital quality. Husbands’ and wives’ symptoms of depression also influenced wives’ negative marital quality. Recommendations toward the need for relational assessments and routine screenings for both partners, as well as implementation of an integrated care model are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)316-328
Number of pages13
JournalContemporary Family Therapy
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 25 2015

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This research and development project was conducted by East Carolina University and is made possible by a cooperative agreement that was awarded and administered by the U.S. Army Medical Research & Materiel Command (USAMRMC) and the Telemedicine & Advanced Technology Research Center (TATRC), at Fort Detrick, MD, under Contract Number: W81XWH1120221. The views, opinions and/or findings contained in this article are those of the author(s)/East Carolina University and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Department of Defense and should not be construed as an official DoD/Army position, policy or decision unless so designated by other documentation. No official endorsement should be made.

Publisher Copyright:
© 2015, Springer Science+Business Media New York.


  • Biopsychosocial
  • Integrated care
  • Military couples
  • Military marriages


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