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Quality of marital life in Korean patients with spondyloarthropathy.

Yim, SY; Lee, IY; Lee, JH; Jun, JB; Kim, TH; Bae, SC; Yoo, DH
Clinical rheumatology, 22(3):208-212, 2003
Journal Title
Clinical rheumatology
The objectives of this study were to assess the quality of marital life (QML) in patients with spondyloarthropathy (SpA) in Korea and to identify possible gender differences in QML in patients with SpA. This was a case-control study at the outpatient unit of a tertiary care medical centre. Subjects were the patient group, composed of 47 married patients with SpA, and a comparison group composed of 47 healthy married adults with similar demographic characteristics. QML was measured using the Marital Satisfaction Inventory, Revised. As a result, QML was similar for both the male patients and the healthy men. However, the female patients had higher scores on the global distress scale (59.8 +/- 6.3 vs. 53.8 +/- 5.6, P=0.021) and the aggression scale (50.5 +/- 7.9 vs. 44.3 +/- 5.4, P=0.016) than the female comparison group. At the same time, the female patients demonstrated higher scores on the global distress scale (59.8 +/- 6.3 vs. 54.7 +/- 7.2, P=0.035) than the male patients. In conclusion, QML in Korean males with SpA was not greatly different from that of the male comparison group. However, QML in the female patients was characterised by higher global distress and a higher probability of aggression from their partner, but no significant sexual dissatisfaction.
MeSH terms
Adaptation, PsychologicalAdultAge FactorsCase-Control StudiesFemaleHumansInterpersonal RelationsKoreaMaleMarriage*Middle AgedProbabilityQuality of Life*Reference ValuesSex FactorsSickness Impact ProfileSpondylarthropathies/diagnosis*Spondylarthropathies/psychology*
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임, 신영이, 일영
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