Comparative Investigation of Mental Health Status of Spouses of War Handicaps in Accordance with Husband's Disability

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Azizollah Mojahed 1 , * , Mehrdad Kalantari 2 , Hossein Molavi 3 , Hamid Taher Neshatdoost 3 , Noor mohammad Bakhshani 4 , Mansour Shakiba 5

1 Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychology, Zahedan University of Medical Sciences and Health Services, Zahedan, Iran.

2 Associate Professor of Psychology, University of Isfahan, Isfahan, Iran.

3 Professor of Psychology, University of Isfahan, Isfahan, Iran.

4 Associate Professor of Clinical Psychology, Zahedan University of Medical Sciences and Health Services, Zahedan, Iran.

5 Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Zahedan University of Medical Sciences and Health Services, Zahedan, Iran.

How to Cite: Mojahed A, Kalantari M, Molavi H, Neshatdoost H T, Bakhshani N M, et al. Comparative Investigation of Mental Health Status of Spouses of War Handicaps in Accordance with Husband's Disability, Zahedan J Res Med Sci. 2010 ; 12(4):e94288.

ARTICLE INFORMATION

Zahedan Journal of Research in Medical Sciences: 12 (4); e94288
Published Online: May 21, 2010
Article Type: Research Article
Received: April 14, 2009
Accepted: December 15, 2009
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Abstract

Background : In connection with specific situation of handicaps of war in terms of both mental and physical health, their wives are dealing with peculiar stresses. In this research the mental health status of war victims was investigated.

  Materials and m ethod : In a descriptive-analytical study, 100 spouses of handicaps of war from Zahedan (south-east of Iran) were selected during 2007, through systematic random sampling and they were assessed by GHQ-28 questionnaire and clinical interview.

  Results : In this regard the mean of whole scores as well as 70% of individuals' personal scores were higher than cut-off point (i.e. 24). ANOVA results did illustrate that through several variables, type of husband's disability had significant impact on the scores exclusively. The results of Tuky Post-Hoc test showed that the lowest mental health belonged to spouses of mentally disabled victims. Whereas, women whose husbands were handicapped both physically and mentally were placed in the second category. Furthermore, women whose couples had physical injury were in better mental health situation than the other groups.

  Conclusion : The level of mental health status of war victims' wives is low and it varies with regard to type of husbands' disability. This difference was concerned with the nature of husbands' symptoms and behaviors, besides in conformity with cognitive theories, the possibility of attribution to husbands’ behaviors instead of their hostility is explainable .

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