Role of Socio-Demographic Factors in Codependency of Spouses of Substance Users


  • Ayesha Abid MS Scholar, Department of Psychology, Forman Christian College (A Chartered University), Lahore, Pakistan.
  • Ivan Suneel Associate Professor, Department of Psychology, Forman Christian College (A Chartered University), Lahore, Pakistan.



Codependency, Sociodemographic Factors, Spouses, Substance Use


Codependency is considered to be a dysfunctional form infused with the extreme focus outside oneself. Spouses of male substance abusers derive the sense of purpose from the marital relationship, while neglecting their own self-esteem, personal life, self-worth and autonomy. It not only affects their psychological health but is also varied by a number of sociodemographic factors that may contribute to the functionality of spouses. The study aims to examine the relationship between demographic characteristics and codependency of spouses of substance users. Demographic characteristics included education of female spouses, types of substance abuse taken by the male spouses, family system, and profession of female spouses and socio-economic status. There was no significant correlation between the demographic characteristic however there was a significant positive correlation between age, duration of marriage and duration of substance abuse of male spouse. There was also a significant positive correlation between Education and socio-economic status, psychological and medical issue. The patterns uncovered showed to be consistent with the literature and paved way for future research.


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How to Cite

Abid, A. ., & Suneel , I. . (2023). Role of Socio-Demographic Factors in Codependency of Spouses of Substance Users. Journal of Professional & Applied Psychology, 4(2), 258–265.