Objective: Studies of the correlation between posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) on neuropsychological and declarative memory functioning in combat veterans began during the post-World War II and Korean War eras. The purpose of the following systematic review is to examine the literature and report a summary of declarative verbal memory findings in combat veteran samples with PTSD. Data Selection: A search was conducted using the PsychINFO, PubMed, and the National Center for PTSD's PILOTS (Published International Literature on Traumatic Stress) databases with the terms “posttraumatic stress disorder” or “PTSD;” “veterans;” and “neuropsychological” or “verbal memory,” which resulted in N = 1,902 total articles. After excluding irrelevant studies lacking declarative verbal memory data and/or combat veteran groups with and without PTSD, N = 21 articles remained. Data Synthesis: A review of study results and discussions identified four studies supporting declarative verbal memory deficits; six disputing deficits entirely; five identifying executive functioning and/or...

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