Marital transitions among Vietnam-era repatriated prisoners of war

Catherine L. Cohan, Steven Cole, Joanne Davila

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We examined (i) whether marital outcomes in the 20 years following repatriation for 98 former Vietnam War prisoners of war (POW) differed from a matched comparison group of 98 Vietnam-era Navy aviators who did not experience captivity, and (ii) individual differences that contributed to vulnerability for divorce among the POWs and 56 of their wives. POWs had a higher divorce rate than the comparison sample, particularly in the 2 years following repatriation. POWs were more likely to divorce when they were younger, had shorter marriages, and had wives with lower marital satisfaction and more financial Stressors. Marriage can be a casualty of war, even among those who are high functioning and have many personal advantages.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)777-795
Number of pages19
JournalJournal of Social and Personal Relationships
Issue number6
StatePublished - Dec 2005

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Social Psychology
  • Communication
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Sociology and Political Science


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