Samah Hamed Rabei
Helwan University, Egypt
Posters & Accepted Abstracts: Neurochem Neuropharm
Aim: Description and association of social, psychological and sexual aspects among couples seeking marital therapy Background: There are scanty data in Egypt concerning social, psychological and sexual aspects among couples seeking marital therapy. Methods: 50 couples in marital counseling clinic in Psychological medicine hospital in Cairo between June 2013 and June 2014 were assessed. Informed consents were made by couples. Subjects were assessed using psychiatric interview: General health questionnaire GHQ; ICD-10 symptom checklist (positive score on GHQ); structured assessment of Personality (negative score on GHQ); sexual function questionnaire; marital silence scale MSS; marital conflicts scale MCS and statistics were done using SPSS version 16. Results: Results conclude that at least one or both partners of all couples had positive score on GHQ. Women show higher rates of positive score on GHQ than men. Personality disorders and accentuated traits are the most prevalent among the study sample. Women have shown higher rates of depressive episodes while men show higher rates of substance abuse. Marital conflicts are associated to education level and inversely associated to age; marital silence is inversely associated to education level and associated to age. Conclusion: Marital conflicts and silence are associated to presence of psychiatric morbidity. Age and level of education are associated to marital conflicts and silence.