Silent partners: the wives of sleep apneic patients

Sleep. 1987 Jun;10(3):244-8. doi: 10.1093/sleep/10.3.244.


The wives of 10 male patients being treated for sleep apnea, obstructive type, were interviewed and given the Social Adjustment Scale (SAS) and Marital Satisfaction Inventory (MSI). The patients also completed an SAS and a Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory (MMPI). These data were compared with those from a sample of divorced patients from the same pool. The married patients were significantly more depressed and socially isolated than were those divorced. Both marital partners showed poor adjustment in the Marital and Social/Leisure areas, and patients also showed poor adjustment in their Parental Role. Marriages do not necessarily represent social support but appear to be an added burden for sleep apneic patients.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Female
  • Humans
  • MMPI
  • Male
  • Marriage*
  • Middle Aged
  • Sleep Apnea Syndromes / psychology*
  • Social Adjustment