MARITAL AND PSYCHOLOGICAL ADJUSTMENT AMONG WORKING AND NO- WORKING MARRIED WOMEN WITH CARDIAC AILMENTS
Objective: To investigate the differences in marital and psychological adjustment among working and non-working married women with cardiac ailments.
Study Design: Comparative cross-sectional study.
Place and Duration of Study: Different institutions of Islamabad Rawalpindi and Lahore, from Sep 2015 to May 2016.
Methodology: Sample of the study consisted of 160 working and non-working married women with cardiac ailments. Married working women group comprised of 85 respondents while non-working women group consisted of 75 participants. Their education was at least graduation and above. To measure the study variables, instruments used were Urdu Translation of Dyadic Adjustment Scale and psychological adjustment scale (PAS). Snow ball sampling technique was used to collect data from different institutions of the Punjab.
Results: Results indicated a highly significant relationship (p=0.01) between marital and psychological adjustment among the sample. It was observed that the group of working married women with cardiac ailments reported more problems in their marital life as compared to non-working married women group. The findings of the study also revealed that non-working married women with cardiac ailments had better marital and psychological adjustment as compared to working married women with cardiac ailments (p=0.01).
Conclusion: Study found high frequency of marital and psychological adjustment among cardiac patient women in Pakistan.