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Year : 1992  |  Volume : 34  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 359-365

A Study on the Coping Behaviours of Wives of Alcoholics

1 Department of Psychiatry, J.S.S. Medical College and Hospital, Kamanuja Road, Mysore - 570 004, India
2 Department of Psychiatry, Christian Medical College, Vellore - 632 002, India

Correspondence Address:
T.S. Sathyanarayana Rao
Department of Psychiatry, J.S.S. Medical College and Hospital, Kamanuja Road, Mysore - 570 004
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

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A study was conducted on 30 wives of alcoholics using Orford-Guthrie's 'coping with drinking' questionnaire. Tlie commonest coping behaviour reported was discord, avoidance, indulgence and fearful withdrawal while marital breakdown, taking special action, assertion and sexual withdrawal were least frequent. There was no significant correlation between the coping behaviours and the variables like duration of marriage, duration of husband's alcoholism, socio-economic and educational status. Implications of these findings are discussed and a cross cultural comparison is made.



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