Psychological Distress Correlates Marital Adjustment: A study among the Wives of Persons Dependent on Alcohol (WPDA)

  • Nandini Murali Director Suicide Prevention Education Awareness Knowledge (SPEAK), (An Initiative of M.S. Chellamuthu Trust and Research Foundation to change Conversations on Suicide and Promote Mental Health), Tamil Nadu, India
Keywords: Alcoholism, marriage, relationship, mankind, drinkers, partner, maturity


Alcoholism is a major public health problem all over the world (WHO, 2004) and it has been frequently referred to as a ‘family disease’ to underline the fact that excessive drinking affects not just the drinker but others in the family as well. WHO Global Strategy (2010) stated that special attention needs to be given to people other than the drinkers such as spouse or partner, as they may be affected by the harmful use of the drinking. All the marriages are aimed at happiness. Marriage involves the legal commitment that is quite important in any adult life. But selecting a partner and entering into a marital relationship required one’s maturity and personal achievement. Choice of marital partner is one of the most important decisions in one’s life. There are so many reasons for people’s marriage like they need companionship, happiness and to escape from an unhappy situation. Strong and healthy married life requires adjustment. If person can do adjustment in his/her married life, the life could be much better than those who are low on adjustment.

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