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|Title||The Burden of Stigma among the Wives of Drug Dependents in Gaza Strip|
The overall aim of this study was to assess the level of stigma burden among the wives of drug dependents in Gaza Strip. The researcher used descriptive, analytical, cross-sectional design to describe, and determine the level of stigma burdens . The study population includes all the wives of drug dependents who were treated in the addiction rehabilitation centers of psychiatric hospital in Gaza Strip. The total number were 500 cases , (180) of the wives of drug dependents , who have participated voluntarily in this study. The wives of drug dependents were interviewed directly to fill questionnaires including the demographic data about themselves , their husbands, and stigma burden questionnaire. Collected data were entered and analyzed by using Statistical Package for the Social Sciences (SPSS) , The major findings of this study were as the following: The mean of the stigma burdens according to the wives of drug dependents were (87.41 ) , the most burdens were with economical burden with mean (89.4 ) followed by psychological burden with mean( 89.2 ) then the family burden with mean (87.36 ) followed by the spiritual burden and social burden. And there were statistically significant differences between the total of stigma burdens and age of husbands 'drug dependents, above 45 years old, and between husband's working and the stigma burden, the differences was for the drug dependents who are not working ,while there were no statistical significant differences between educational levels of husbands and the all of stigma burdens . There were statistical significant differences in the stigma burdens, due to the drug dependent's husband enter prison, and between stigma burdens,and years of dug dependence from (6-10 years). There were statistical significant differences in the all of stigma burdens due to the wives' age from (31 to 40) years old, and due to the wives' educational level, the differences was for the wives' with secondary level, but there were no statistical significant differences in the all of stigma burdens due to wives' working, and the total stigma burdens, due to the relative marriage . The study recommended that understanding the stigma of drug dependence and current understanding of this group , their needs, and the provision of services to meet these needs.
|Publisher||الجامعة الإسلامية - غزة|
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