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dc.contributor.authorChilds, Nicole Marie
dc.date.accessioned2014-03-04T02:50:03Z
dc.date.available2014-03-04T02:50:03Z
dc.date.issued2007-12
dc.identifier.otherchilds_nicole_m_200712_phd
dc.identifier.urihttp://purl.galileo.usg.edu/uga_etd/childs_nicole_m_200712_phd
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10724/24375
dc.description.abstractBariatric 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.
dc.languageeng
dc.publisheruga
dc.rightspublic
dc.subjectBariatric surgery
dc.subjectSurgical weight loss
dc.subjectObesity
dc.subjectGrounded theory
dc.subjectMarriage
dc.subjectBiopsychosocial perspective
dc.titleFemale perceptions of marriage before and after bariatric surgery
dc.typeDissertation
dc.description.degreePhD
dc.description.departmentChild and Family Development
dc.description.majorChild and Family Development
dc.description.advisorLee Johnson
dc.description.committeeLee Johnson
dc.description.committeeDavid Wright
dc.description.committeeStephanie Burwell


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