Effectiveness of Guided Imagery on Stress and Coping among Wives of Alcoholics : A Systematic Review

Authors

  • Aarti1 , Srinivasan P2

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.37506/ijfmt.v14i3.10343

Keywords:

Alcoholism, Wives of alcoholics, Guided Imagery, De-addiction.

Abstract

Background: Alcoholism is one of the major health as well as social problem all over the world today.

Alcoholism is a family problem, it causes stress in the relationship and misuse affects couples’ relationship

in a variety of negative ways. Purpose: To systematically review articles to evaluate the effectiveness of

Guided Imagery on Stress and Coping among Wives of Alcoholics in selected De-addiction centre. Method:

The search of significant articles including effectiveness of Guided Imagery on Stress and Coping among

Wives of Alcoholics was carried out in PubMed/ Medline, and Google Scholar. The included studies both

qualitative and quantitative were evaluated according to predefined quality criteria. Medline and PubMed

were searched to identify peer-reviewed English-language studies published between 1985 and March 2018

reporting on stress and coping among wives of alcoholics. Total 300 studies were selected for review, out

of which only 32 were found appropriate to be included in the study. Results: Analysis was done 90 papers

were retrieved by the search. Among them, 30 were evaluated to be of higher quality. Studies recruiting

sample of wives of alcoholics and excluded wives of non-alcoholics. Conclusion: Based on the review it

was concluded that Wives of alcoholics had more stress and social disabilities which were directly related

to the severity of husband’s drinking pattern. Wives of alcoholics have highest rate of personality and

emotional disturbance. Working women faced lesser stress as compared to non-working women. Wives of

alcoholics had poor coping skills. They used maladaptive coping behavior to cope up with their husband’s

drinking problem such as but not limited to discord, fearful withdrawal and avoidance were commonly

used maladaptive coping behaviors. Relaxation therapies were found to be effective to reduce stress and

in improving coping. Guided imagery was very effective in reducing stress and improving adaptive coping

among wives of alcoholics.

Author Biography

Aarti1 , Srinivasan P2

1 Nursing Tutor, Maharishi Markandeshwar Institute of Nursing, Maharishi Markandeshwar (Deemed to be

University), Mullana, 2 Former Professor and HOD of Department of Mental Health Nursing, Maharishi

Markandeshwar College of Nursing, Maharishi Markandeshwar (Deemed to be) University, Mullana, Haryana.

Present: Nursing Tutor, AIIMS, Patna

Published

2020-07-30

How to Cite

Aarti1 , Srinivasan P2. (2020). Effectiveness of Guided Imagery on Stress and Coping among Wives of Alcoholics : A Systematic Review. Indian Journal of Forensic Medicine & Toxicology, 14(3), 146-150. https://doi.org/10.37506/ijfmt.v14i3.10343