The marital relationship & health in women with chronic fatigue & immune dysfunction syndrome: views of wives & husbands

The purpose of this study was to describe the association between
the marital relationship and the health of the wife with
chronic fatigue and immune dysfunction syndrome (CFIDS). The
convenience sample of 131 wives with CFIDS and their spouses
reported their marital relationships similarly, but the wives
reported higher CFIDS symptom scores. Marital adjustment
scores, wives' conflict scores, and husbands' self-empathy
scores were associated with wives' CFIDS symptom scores.
Hierarchical multiple regression models showed wives with
higher education, lengthier marriages, dyads with higher
marital adjustment, and wives with less conflict and less
support were predictive of lower problematic CFIDS symptoms.

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