The Description of Family Functioning in Mental Disorder

Aulia Alfafa Rizqa, Ah Yusuf, Rr Dian Tristiana

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Introduction: Marriage with a spouse who has a mental disorder is not easy. Many couples divorce when married with mental disorder patients because they feel difficulties in their marital relationships, but some of them can maintain it for years. The purpose of this research is to describe family functioning in mental disorders.

Method: The design of this study was cross-sectional. The sample was 31 wives of people with mental disorder and they were obtained using an accidental sampling technique. The instrument of this research are Family Assessment Device and The Investment Model Scale then analyzed with Pearson correlation test (α < 0,05).

Results: There was a significant relationship between family functioning with marital commitment (p = 0,022; r = 0,411).

Conclusion: The higher of family functioning then the higher of marital commitment experienced by wives of people with a mental disorder. This finding can be used as a consider in improving mental health nursing services to wives of people with a mental disorder by providing adequate information through counseling about mental disorder and the treatment.


family functioning, marital commitment, mental disorder

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