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Year : 2017  |  Volume : 33  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 202-207

Loss of coping resources and psychological distress in spouses of alcohol dependents following partner violence

1 Department of Psychiatry, Sri Ramachandra University, Porur, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
2 Clinical Psychology, Sri Ramachandra University, Porur, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India

Correspondence Address:
Ottilingam Somasundaram Ravindran
Department of Psychiatry, Sri Ramachandra University, Porur, Chennai, Tamil Nadu
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/0971-9962.214594

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Background and Objectives: A study to assess the psychological distress of married women due to their spousal violence under alcohol dependence. This study is aimed at studying partner violence, various coping styles and psychological distress among spouses of men with alcohol dependence and to explore the association between partner violence and coping behaviour. Materials and Methods: The study was conducted on 50 wives of alcohol dependent individuals in the age range of 20-50 years, who were divided into two groups based on the duration of drinking of their husbands. They were assessed by GHQ-12, Measure of Wife Abuse, Coping with Drinking Questionnaire and Depression Anxiety and Stress Scale. Results: Partner alcohol use was associated with increased psychological distress in their spouses and they have used both adaptive and maladaptive coping strategies. Conclusion: Alcohol plays a role in partner violence and spousal mental distress resulting in loss of their coping resources.

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