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ORIGINAL ARTICLE
Year : 2009  |  Volume : 18  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 97-100

Subjective burden on spouses of schizophrenia patients


1 Department of Psychiatric Social Work, RINPAS, Kanke, Ranchi, India
2 Department of Clinical Psychology, RINPAS, Kanke, Ranchi, India
3 Department of Psychiatric Social Worker, RINPAS, Kanke, Ranchi, India
4 Department of Psychiatry, RINPAS, Kanke, Ranchi, India

Correspondence Address:
Surekha Kumari
Department of Psychiatric Social Work, RINPAS, Ranchi - 834 006, Jharkhand
India
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/0972-6748.62268

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Background : There is limited information from India on subjective burden on spouses of schizophrenia patients. The aim of the present study was to assess and compare patterns of subjective burden on spouses of schizophrenia patients. Materials and Methods: The present study was conducted at the OPD level, and follow-up was done at the Ranchi Institute of Neuropsychiatry and Sciences (RINPAS) during the period May 2008 to November 2008. Tools utilized were sociodemographic data sheet, Family Burden Interview Schedule developed by Pai and R. L. Kapur (1981). The sample comprised of 50 samples of spouses (25 male and 25 female spouses of schizophrenia patients). Results: The findings suggest that both the groups, viz., male and female spouses of schizophrenia patients, showed moderate level of subjective burden, i.e., 13 (52%) and 15 (60%) male and female spouses, respectively, which was statistically found to be insignificant. Conclusion : No significant difference was found between male and female spouses of schizophrenia patients with regard to the level of subjective burden.


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