Risk factors for General health of the spouses of epileptic
RISK FACTORS FOR GENERAL HEALTH OF THE SPOUSES OF EPILEPTIC PATIENTS
OBJECTIVE: The study aims at assessing the risk factors for general health the spouses of epileptic patients.
STUDY DESIGN: Matched Group Design
PLACE AND DURATION OF STUDY: Spouses of patients were selected from outdoor units of different hospitals and spouses of non-patients were selected from non-hospital setting in Lahore. The data were collected during the year 2013.
SUBJECTS AND METHOD: The study included spouses of 82 epileptic patients and 82 non-patients. The spouses in both groups were comparable in education, socioeconomic status and conjugal age. Age of the sample ranged between 22 and 40 year. General Health Questionnaire and Stockholm Marital stress scale were administered.
RESULTS: Stepwise regression analysis revealed that 58% of variance in general health was accounted for by marital stress and education level of the spouses of epileptic patients
CONCLUSION: High marital stress and lower education level are risk factors for general health of spouses of epileptic patients.
KEY WORDS: epileptic, spouses, marital stress, general health.