Perceived family environment in spouses of alcohol-dependent patients

Praharaj, Samir Kumar (2012) Perceived family environment in spouses of alcohol-dependent patients. Journal of Substance Use. pp. 1-8. ISSN 1465-9891

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Objective: To assess the perceived family environment of spouses of alcohol-dependent individuals in comparison to control subjects. Participants and Methods: Sample consisted of 30 spouses of patients diagnosed with alcohol dependence syndrome (ICD-10 DCR) and 30 spouses of normal controls (GHQ-12 score <3). The Hindi version of the Family Environment Scale was administered to all the participants. Results: Spouses of alcohol-dependent patients scored significantly lower on cohesion (p < 0.0001, Cohen’s d ¼ 1.47), expressiveness (p < 0.0001, Cohen’s d ¼ 1.49), independence (p ¼ 0.0002, Cohen’s d ¼1.04), achievement orientation (p < 0.0001, Cohen’s d¼ 1.67), intellectual cultural orientation (p ¼ 0.0002, Cohen’s d ¼ 1.06), active recreational orientation (p < 0.0001, Cohen’s d ¼ 1.15), moral religious emphasis (p < 0.0001,Cohen’s d¼1.33) and organization (p ¼0.0009, Cohen’s d ¼0.92) than control group. However, there was no difference in control and conflict domains between the two groups. Conclusion: From the spousal perspective, family environment is disrupted in alcohol-dependent patients.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Alcohol dependence; family environment; spouses.
Subjects: Medicine > KMC Manipal > Psychiatry
Depositing User: KMC Manipal
Date Deposited: 26 May 2015 11:24
Last Modified: 26 May 2015 11:24

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