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International Journal of Nursing Education and Research
Year : 2018, Volume : 6, Issue : 4
First page : ( 374) Last page : ( 378)
Print ISSN : 2347-8640. Online ISSN : 2454-2660.
Article DOI : 10.5958/2454-2660.2018.00091.1

Assessment of Level of Codependency and Quality of Marital Life among Spouses of Patients with Alcohol Dependence Syndrome

Paul Cebi1,*, Rose Seethal2, Shamina V K2, Asokan Sisira2, Litty Sneha2, Paul Sruthy2, Salim Sulthana2

1Asst. Professor, Dept. of Mental Health Nursing, MOSC College of Nursing, Kolenchery

2Third Year BSc Nursing Students, MOSC College of Nursing, Kolenchery

*Corresponding Author E-mail: cebipaul87@gmail.com

Online published on 27 December, 2018.



30% of Indian population, just less than a third of the country's population consume alcohol regularly (as of 2010). The average Indian consumes about 4.3 L of alcohol/annum.1 The effects of alcoholism on the family are profound. As the family become increasingly preoccupied with the family member's drinking, there are attempts to recognize, and develop various adapting roles.2 Codependency is a type of dysfunctional helping relationship were one person supports or enables another person's alcoholic addiction. It affect an individual's ability to have a mutually helping relationship also known as relationship addiction.


The present study aims to assess the codependency and quality of marital life among spouses of patients with alcohol dependence syndrome (ADS).

Materials and methods

The study was conducted among 80 spouses of patients with ADS who are selected using a convenient sampling technique. The data were collected using Socio personal proforma, Span Fischer Co-dependncy scale and ENRICH Quality of Marital Life Scale.


The results showed that the majority (48.75%) of the subjects were moderately co-dependent and 41.25% of subjects were severely co dependent. The mean level of quality of marital life was found to be 36.75 with standard deviation of 19.54. The study also identified a moderate negative correlation between co-dependency and quality of marital life (r=0.302, p=0.006). Significant (p=0.017) association were found between co-dependency with gender (p=0.0012), education (P=0.017), duration of marital life (0.00002) and previous history of abstinence (0.0138).



Codependency, Quality of marital life, Souses, Alcohol Dependence Syndrome (ADS).


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