The Role Of Marriage

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According to World Health Organization, “An individual with good mental health is able to realize his or her own abilities, cope with the stress of everyday life, work productively and contribute to the Community.” Where on the other hand marriage is defined as a state of being united to a person of the opposite sex as husband or wife in a consensual and contractual relationship recognized by law and social institution under which a man and woman establish their decision of living together with legal commitment and religious ceremonies (Watkins. A.J 2013). Both of them have a big influence over each other and are affected by each other (Ostwald J.A, 2009)
To my view marriage contributes to a healthier society, building up a separate unit called
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As the institution imposes responsibility on both of the spouses and implies commitments to both of them creating a huge room for positive change. Men tend to change in a manner, as before marriage they live less health lives and are much more involved in dangerous behaviors including drinking, car racing and substance abuse. After marriage it becomes their foremost obligation to think consequences of actions they perform. They work regularly; tend to involve more in religious practices. Boundaries are created around their behaviors and make them future oriented. Women are generally viewed to be responsible since childhood and considered to be less involved in anti-social behaviors. Loveless.S.A & Tolman.B.T () state the women consider themselves as complete after marriage. Women enjoy commitments and duties after marriage. They love being busy with children, spouse and household chores. If this sensorium of completeness is not achieved they get indulged in more of anti-social behaviors example substance abuse and are prone towards mental illness. Robert G.Wood (2007) inferred that unmarried women show more depressive symptoms than the ones married. To my clinical scenario the theory applies that as my patient also wanted to enter the relationship of marriage having children…show more content…
Wood, 2007). Howell. P (2009) in his report on health marriages and mental health clearly states that with many cross-sectional studies it has been found that marriage makes individuals less prone to have psychological illness. This is not merely because marriage makes the two partners involve in less risk taking activities but also it influences the quality and size of gains. A study revealed that intermediate rates of mental disorders were found in single and widowed, highest in divorced and separated while married people had the lowest rates of mental disorders among them. Study of 80,000 suicides in U.S., also indicated that suicide is committed less by married women compared to unmarried ones. These women define themselves less depressive and emotionally healthier than unmarried ones. Relating it to my clinical scenario the patient also required emotional stability, self-worthiness, a partner to whom she can share her emotions, and her own family which only comes after marriage. She did not wanted herself to be labeled as mentally ill therefore, she started saying that she is suffering from Tuberculosis associated with somatic delusions denying the fact that she had any mental health
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