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Prevalence of morbid jealousy among inpatients in a psychiatry unit in Sri Lanka

Authors:

Chaya Kapugama ,

LK
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Chathurie Suraweera,

Wajantha Kotalawala,

Vipula Wijesiri,

Maneesha Dalpatadu,

Raveen Hanwella

Abstract

Background

Morbid jealousy includes a range of irrational thoughts and emotions, with associated unacceptable and abnormal behaviour. Common forms of psychopathology are delusions, obsessions and overvalued ideas.

Aims

To determine the prevalence of morbid jealousy in psychiatric inpatients, describe the different phenomenological forms, and range of associated behaviours.

Methods

All inpatients treated at University Psychiatry Unit, NHSL during a three month period were examined. Those who had ‘morbid jealousy’ were evaluated regarding psychopathology, emotions and associated behaviours.

Results

Of 145 patients admitted during the study period, 76 were in an intimate relationship. Of these, 35 (46.05%) were male. Mean age was males 49.6 years, females 42.72 years. Commonest diagnoses were schizophrenia (22.36%), unipolar depression (19.73%), alcohol problems (17.10%), and bipolar mania (15.78%).  Morbid jealousy was identified in 13 (9 male, 4 female). Overall prevalence was 17.10% (95% CI 8.64%-25.56%). The psychopathology of morbid jealousy was overvalued ideas (n=7, 53.84%), delusions of jealousy (n=4, 30.76%) and obsessional (n=2, 15.38%). Associated behaviours included verbal accusations (n=13), interrogations (n=12), checking (n=11), stalking (n=5), threats/ acts of violence (n=8), increased demands for sex (n=4) and excessive demonstration of love (n=2).

Conclusions

The prevalence of morbid jealousy is high in psychiatry inpatients in Sri Lanka.

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.4038/sljpsyc.v4i2.6314

 

 

Keywords: Sri Lanka morbid jealosy 
How to Cite: Kapugama, C. et al., (2013). Prevalence of morbid jealousy among inpatients in a psychiatry unit in Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka Journal of Psychiatry. 4(2), pp.38–40. DOI: http://doi.org/10.4038/sljpsyc.v4i2.6314
Published on 29 Dec 2013.
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