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Couples Disease: The Experience of Living with a Partner with Chronic Depression

Priestley, J and McPherson, SJ and Davies, F (2018) 'Couples Disease: The Experience of Living with a Partner with Chronic Depression.' Journal of Couple and Relationship Therapy, 17 (2). 128 - 145. ISSN 1533-2683

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Abstract

This study is concerned with the impact of chronic depression on partners. Thirteen male and female participants who lived with a partner with chronic depression were interviewed. Data were analysed using thematic analysis. Findings highlighted a need for caregivers to be more centrally involved in their partner’s care, given that they face stigma, shifts in role identity and uncertainty which all potentially threaten the level of support they can give their partner. In this sense depression might be described as a ‘couples’ disease’ suggesting that couples therapy and group support for partners should be more widely available to help reduce the burden on partners and potentially prevent relationship breakdown.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Depression, caregiver burden, couple relationships, couples therapy, stigma
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Women
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA790 Mental Health
Divisions: Faculty of Science and Health > Health and Social Care, School of
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 23 Nov 2017 15:20
Last Modified: 07 Nov 2018 02:00
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/20707

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