Major depressive disorder is a debilitating mental disorder. Providing care to a family member with any psychological disability can cause significant distress to the caregivers. The aim of the study was to investigate the relationship between care giver burden, psychological distress and marital satisfaction among the spouses of the patients with major depressive disorder. It is hypothesized that Caregiver burden predicts psychological distress and marital dissatisfaction among the spouses with major depressive disorder. Also there would be a significant gender difference on the variable of psychological distress and marital satisfaction among the spouses of patients with major depressive disorder. The sample of this research was 80 spouses of the patients with major depressive disorder with approximately equal representation on the basis of gender. Data was collected from different hospitals of Lahore, Pakistan. The Zarit Burden Interview (ZBI), (Zariat, 1987), was administered to check the level of caregiving burden, Kessler Psychological Distress Scale (K10), (Kessler, 2013) was administered to determine the mental distress and relationship assessment scale (RAS) was used to identify marital satisfaction among the respondents. T-test and simple linear regression were used to analyze the study variables. Results indicated that caregiver burden positively predicted psychological distress and marital dissatisfaction. Moreover, result also showed that there is no significant difference between male and female respondents on the variable of psychological distress whereas marital dissatisfaction was higher in males as compared to females.
Amina Liaquat, University of Central Punjab, Pakistan
Syeda Ayesha Noor, University of Central Punjab, Pakistan