Spousal adjustment to a postmarital disability in one partner

R. Feigin*

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This article investigates spousal adjustment to a postmarital disability in one partner in relation to the personal, marital, and social aspects of the couple's relationship. The study examines the differences between spousal adjustment to a spinal cord injury or a neurologically disabling condition of one partner, as well as the impact of gender on the situation. The study was based on a sample of 71 couples. The results revealed a positive correlation between the adjustment of both spouses to the disability situation and indicate significant differences between the adjustment of the disabled individual and that of the nondisabled spouse. The most interesting finding was that the nondisabled spouse reported a higher level of vulnerability in the marital relationship, in the sense of having a stronger fear of separation and a higher sense of dependency. With regard to gender, the results indicated that females were more anxious than males, while males engaged in more work/study activities. How these differences may relate to the defined roles of each partner is discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)235-247
Number of pages13
JournalFamily Systems Medicine
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1994


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