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The drinker's partner distress scale: an instrument for measuring the distress caused by drinkers to their partners

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posted on 2024-06-03, 08:05 authored by Beth CrispBeth Crisp, JG Barber
Although it is generally accepted that the spouses of excessive drinkers experience a range of problems as a result of their partner's alcohol consumption, there have been few attempts at measuring the hardship experienced. Previous attempts have counted only the number of categories of hardship experienced over the previous year and not taken into account the frequency with which these occur or the degree of inconvenience suffered. The Drinker's Partner Distress Scale (DPDS) is proposed as a measure which overcomes these limitations. Two dimensions of alcohol-induced problems are measured; depression and marital discord. Both subscales demonstrated internal consistency, and predictions of convergent and discriminant validity were supported in relation to both subscales.

History

Journal

International journal of the addictions

Volume

30

Pagination

1009-1017

Location

Abingdon, Eng.

ISSN

0020-773X

Language

eng

Publication classification

C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Copyright notice

1995, Marcel Dekker

Issue

8

Publisher

Taylor & Francis