TERMINAL ILLNESS AND ITS SOCIO-PSYCHOLOGICAL IMPACTS ON PATIENTS AND THEIR SPOUSE RELATIONSHIP

Authors

  • Ihsan Ullah
  • Arab Naz

Keywords:

patients, terminal illness, psychotherapeutic techniques

Abstract

This phenomenological study was conducted to explore the impacts of terminal illness on patients and familial relationships of couples in Pakhtun society. Twenty terminally ill patients selected purposively were interviewed separately (14 male and 06 female patients) by the way of open-ended questions. Numerous themes were extracted following verbatim transcripts. All the participants explained the impacts of terminal illness on their social lives and the positive and negative aspects of their spousal relationship. Depression, anger and desperation were apparent in the terminal patients. Similarly bitterness, guilt, persistent sadness and loss were common in the patients and alternatively in their partners as explained by the patients. This research highlights a distinct viewpoint on the damaging influences which terminal illness can have on the marital relationship. However it also recommends how to deal the situation in a positive manner by making adjustments required by the concerned disease. The findings indicate that social scientists need to confess and reply to the incredible psycho-social impacts that serious illnesses and related medical procedures can have on the patients and their families even in this modern era of advance technology. Advance social and psychotherapeutic techniques and socio-psychological support of partners can assist such patients to live with a positive life style till the end.

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Published

2021-10-16 — Updated on 2021-10-16

How to Cite

Ihsan Ullah, & Arab Naz. (2021). TERMINAL ILLNESS AND ITS SOCIO-PSYCHOLOGICAL IMPACTS ON PATIENTS AND THEIR SPOUSE RELATIONSHIP. PalArch’s Journal of Archaeology of Egypt / Egyptology, 18(10), 2762-2771. Retrieved from https://www.archives.palarch.nl/index.php/jae/article/view/10240