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Outcome of marriage in schizophrenia.

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  • 1Schizophrenia Research Foundation India, Madras, India.


Marriage is a social process requiring certain social abilities for it to be successful. Schizophrenia, which can lead to a reduction of such abilities, has been associated with a low marital rate, especially in men. Data on long-term marital outcome are, however, sparse. This paper deals with changing marital status in a cohort of 76 first-onset schizophrenic patients followed-up for 10 years. A fairly high marital rate of 70% was observed in this sample, with more men remaining single and more women facing broken marriages. It was observed that good marital outcome, in terms of getting married and keeping the marriage intact, was associated with a number of clinical and sociodemographic variables. Duration of illness, type of onset, auditory hallucinations and simple depression at intake, unemployment and economic slide during the course of illness and a relapsing course of illness were all related to marital outcome. Outcome in other areas such as clinical, social and occupational functioning discriminated between the groups of good and poor marital functioning.

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