Female perceptions of marriage before and after bariatric surgery
Childs, Nicole Marie
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Bariatric surgery is the most recognized and effective treatment for obesity. The purpose of this study was to further understand the impact bariatric surgery has on marital relationships from the female perspective. A qualitative analysis, guided by grounded theory, was conducted on ten post-surgical patients. It was revealed that regardless of their marital status before surgery, all women reported an improvement in their overall marriage after surgery. Improvements in communication, time spent together, sex/intimacy, and levels of affection were mainly attributed to the wife’s increased self-esteem and assertiveness. Other unique findings included participants reports of a brain/body disconnect in the patient, along with an increase in husbands support and jealous behavior. This study helps researchers and clinicians develop a better understanding of the biopsychosocial facets that women experience with their spouses before and after bariatric surgery.