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Year : 1991  |  Volume : 33  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 180-186

A Study on the Personality Characteristics of Wives of Alcoholics

1 Associate Professor & Head, Department of Psychiatry, Adichunchanagiri Institute of Medical Sciences, Mandya-571401, India
2 Professor & Head, Department of Psychiatry, Christian Medical College, Vellore-632002, India

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T.S. Sathyanarayana Rao
Associate Professor & Head, Department of Psychiatry, Adichunchanagiri Institute of Medical Sciences, Mandya-571401
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

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A study is conducted for assessment of personality characteristic using EPI & 16 PF on wives of 30 primary alcoholics who satisfied Feighner's Criteria and were compared with the wives of 30 normal controls matched on imrital an socio-demographic variables. There were no statistically significant differences between the two groups on EPI and scores were within normal limits. Both the groups had a similar profile scores on 16 PF being submissive, timid, trustful, conventional, conservative, dependent and poised. These findings were not in favour of the concept of "Pathological wives" causing alcoholism in their husbands as advocated by some western studies. Personality characteristics of our sample in general were significantly different from normative data for western women, where the latter were more dominant, a leventurous and self-sufficient. Implications of these findings are discussed in the light of our socio-cultural context.



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