Indian Journal of Health Social Work
SEXUAL DYSFUNCTION AND PSYCHOLOGICAL WELL BEING IN PERSONS
WITH ALCOHOL DEPENDENCE
Mohit Shukla1, Narendra Kumar Singh2, Sanjay Kumar Munda3
1Junior research fellow, Department of Psychiatry, Dr. Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital, New Delhi, 2Psychiatric Social Worker, Department of Psychiatric Social Work, Central Institute of Psychiatry, Kanke, Ranchi, Jharkhand, 3Associate Professor & In-charge of Addiction Psychiatry, Central Institute of Psychiatry, Kanke, Ranchi, Jharkhand.
Correspondence: Mohit Shulka, email id: email@example.com
Background: Alcohol abuse/dependence is known to lead to sexual dysfunction. Sexual dysfunction has been reported in 40-95.2 per cent of alcohol-dependent persons, the rates being consistently higher than in the healthy controls or social drinkers. The common sexual dysfunctions reported are erectile dysfunction, followed by premature ejaculation, retarded ejaculation and decreased sexual desire among men. Keeping the above background in mind,this study is planned to assess sexual dysfunction and psychological well-being in persons with alcohol dependence in Indian setting because number of previous studies evaluated sexual dysfunction in alcohol dependence with other variables and predictors but this study would be noble work to explore association between psychological wellbeing and sexual dysfunction in alcohol dependence Objectives: To examine the sexual dysfunction and psychological well-being in persons with alcohol dependence and control group controls. Methodology: The present study was conducted at Out and Inpatient department at the Centre for Addiction Psychiatry at the Central Institute of Psychiatry, Kanke, Ranchi. The sample consisted of 30 persons diagnosed with alcohol dependence and 30 control group controls. This was a hospital based cross sectional study and purposive sampling was used for data collection. Only married men taking alcohol for more than two years were included. Age, income and education of the individual were matched with control group controls. After obtaining basic socio-demographic and clinical details on a predesigned datasheet, Psychological General Well-Being Index and The International Index of Erectile Function were applied. Result &Conclusion: Finding of present study revealed persons with alcohol dependence have lower level of psychological well-being but there was no significant difference of International Index of Erectile Function (among all domains) between persons with alcohol dependence and control group. Also, significant positive correlations were seen between the scores obtained by the persons with alcohol dependence in various domains of Psychological general well- being Index and domains of International Index of Erectile Function.
Keywords: Sexual dysfunction, well –being, alcohol.