Iranian Journal of War and Public Health

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Volume 16, Issue 2 (2024)                   Iran J War Public Health 2024, 16(2): 1001-1012 | Back to browse issues page



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Zaman Ahmed Hrefish, Mohammed Abbas Hussein. Psychological Burdens among Wives of Disabled People in Light of Factors-related Disability. Iran J War Public Health 2024; 16 (2) :1001-1012
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1- Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing, College of Nursing/ University of Babylon-IRAQ ,
2- Family and community Health nursing, College of Nursing/ University of Babylon-IRAQ
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Background: Spouses of people with disabilities often face unique psychological burdens due to challenges associated with caregiving and emotional support. This study aims to explore the psychological burdens faced by wives of people with disabilities, focusing on the disability-related factors that contribute to these challenges.
Methods: A descriptive cross-sectional study was conducted in Babylon Rehabilitation Center for Disability from April 2nd to Jun 12th, 2024. The study sample consists of 250 wives of disabled people. Data were collected through the interviews and analyzed by applying descriptive and inferential statistical approaches.
Results: The results show that a significant majority (81.6%) of the wives of individuals with disabilities suffer from significant psychological burdens, and reveal that the psychological burdens of wives increase by 29,287 times with every decrease in monthly income. Likewise, the results show a 27.837-fold increase in burdens for those with severe disabilities, while the results indicate a 2.3409-fold increase with longer periods of disability. It confirms the results of statistically significant differences in psychological burdens based on the reasons for spouses’ disability (p=0.001) and the location of the disability (p=0.001).
Conclusions: The study sheds light on the stark reality experienced by wives of individuals with disabilities, and factors such as low monthly income, the severity of the disability, and the duration of the disability greatly exacerbate these burdens. There is an urgent need for targeted interventions to support these women, including financial assistance programmes, and psychological support services for families affected by disabilities.

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