The psychosocial adjustment of patients and spouses to dialysis treatment

Varda Soskolne, Atara Kaplan De-Nour

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Sixty-eight patients on hospital dialysis and their spouses were studied to compare their levels of adjustment and to examine gender differences. Two measures were used: BSI for psychological distress and PAIS for psychosocial adjustment to dialysis. High scores of psychological distress and adjustment problems were found both for patients and their spouses, with high correlations between the partners. Female patients and their husbands had higher scores than male patients and their wives respectively, and in some areas the husbands of female patients reported even more problems than the male patients. Clinical and theoretical conclusions are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)497-502
Number of pages6
JournalSocial Science and Medicine
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1989
Externally publishedYes


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