BRIEF COMMUNICATION: Women of Polygamous Marriages in an Inpatient Psychiatric Service in Kuwait

  title={BRIEF COMMUNICATION: Women of Polygamous Marriages in an Inpatient Psychiatric Service in Kuwait},
  author={Kutaiba Chaleby},
  journal={The Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease},
  • K. Chaleby
  • Published 1 January 1985
  • Psychology
  • The Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease
The practice of polygamy, although varying from culture to culture, is widespread in many areas of the world. In Kuwait, for example, 8 to 12.5% of all marriages contracted are polygamous. Although sociologists and anthropologists, as well as common sense, have suggested that a polygamous marriage may have a negative effect on the wives involved, an extensive literature search failed to uncover any psychiatric research that attempts to examine this situation or objectively delineates possible… 
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