TITLE

Married Couples Admitted to Mental Hospital: Part I. Diagnostic Similarity and the Relation of Illness to Marriage

AUTHOR(S)
Kreitman, Norman
PUB. DATE
June 1968
SOURCE
British Journal of Psychiatry;Jun68, Vol. 114 Issue 511, p699
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The article presents the first part of a study which analyzes the diagnostic similarity of married couples who had been mental hospital in-patients. Of the 410 patients admitted to a number of hospitals, mainly in the southeastern states of Great Britain, 74 married pairs were selected for the study. Half of the patients were examined for periods of one to six years from their last discharge. As observed, 42% of the 74 pairs had the same primary diagnosis and 26% of the 23 pairs who had their first admissions to mental hospital before the marriage had also undergone the same primary diagnosis. Using the diagnostic category, it was found that the ratio of pairs with functional psychoses was equal in the pre- and postmarital onset group, while neuroses was higher in postmarital.
ACCESSION #
24778160

 

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