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Year : 2016  |  Volume : 25  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 65-71

Living with an alcoholic partner: Problems faced and coping strategies used by wives of alcoholic clients


1 Clinical Instructor, National Institute of Nursing Education, Chandigarh, India
2 Lecturer, National Institute of Nursing Education, Chandigarh, India
3 Principal, National Institute of Nursing Education, Chandigarh, India
4 Professor, Department of Psychiatry, Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh, India
5 B.Sc Nusring Post Basic, National Institute of Nursing Education, Chandigarh, India

Correspondence Address:
Nitasha Sharma
Psychology, Clinical Instructor, National Institute of Nursing Education, Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh
India
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/0972-6748.196053

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Background: Alcoholism is considered as a major health as well as a social problem. Often the family members of alcoholics suffer intense psychological, physical and social trauma due to the core drinking problem of the family member. Most deeply affected are the wives of alcoholics. Aim: The present descriptive study aimed to investigate the problems faced and coping strategies used by the wives of alcoholics. Methodology: A total of 30 wives of alcoholic clients seeking treatment in De-addiction Centre were interviewed for the same. The problems were identified using a non standardized 17 item structured questionnaire while coping in wives of alcoholics was assessed using standardized tool. Results: The findings revealed the problems faced by alcoholics wives were in multiple domains viz. physical, psychological and social. While most highly reported were the emotional problems and least reported were the problems of physical violence. Coping strategies used by wives of alcoholics were reported in three major styles: engaged, tolerant and withdrawal. Conclusion and Recommendations: The problems faced by alcoholics have often wedged the attention in society yet finding and applying effective interventions to reduce the pain and suffering of being a partner of alcoholic is still a challenge.


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