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Year : 1995  |  Volume : 37  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 179-185

Psychiatric Morbidity and Personality Profile in Divorce Seeking Couples


1 Senior Resident, Institute of Human Behavior and Allied Sciences, (IHBAS), Shahdara, Delhi, India
2 Professor, Department of Psychiatry, SMS Medical College, Jaipur, India

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Lalit Batra
Senior Resident, Institute of Human Behavior and Allied Sciences, (IHBAS), Shahdara, Delhi
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To what extent psychiatric morbidity and personality factors contribute to marital disharmony and decision to divorce is still an unanswered question in Indian setting. This study was undertaken with aims to find out (1) the prevalence of psychiatric morbidity in persons seeking divorce; (2) the prevalence of psychiatric morbidity in persons who had good marital adjustment; (3) the nature of psychiatric morbidity observed in these subjects, and (4) the personality profile of these subjects. Fifty randomly selected divorce seeking couples (n=100) from the matrimonial court of Jaipur City and thirty couples with good marital adjustment (n=60) selected from the community were studied. Probable psychiatric cases identified by administering GHQ (Hindi version) were diagnosed according to ICD-10 and personality profile of all cases was studied by using 16 PF. High psychiatric morbidity (50%) was found among divorce seeking couples in comparison to control group (13%). There was a high prevalence of neurone disorders (22%) and mood disorders (16%) in experimental group. Schizophrenia and related disorders (10%) and substance abuse disorder (2%) were seen only in the experimental group. Specific personality factors related to divorce seeking individuals and persons with stable marriage have been identified. The implications of this study are highlighted.



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