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Stigma of Mental Illness as Cause of Divorce in Byzantium

Athanassia Nestor ; Lambrini Kourkouta ; Petros Ouzounakis

International Journal of Caring Sciences, 01 January 2009, Vol.2(2), pp.61-64 [Periódico revisado por pares]

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  • Título:
    Stigma of Mental Illness as Cause of Divorce in Byzantium
  • Autor: Athanassia Nestor ; Lambrini Kourkouta ; Petros Ouzounakis
  • Assuntos: Mental Illness ; Divorce ; Byzantium ; Nursing
  • É parte de: International Journal of Caring Sciences, 01 January 2009, Vol.2(2), pp.61-64
  • Descrição: In Byzantium mentally ill persons were stigmatized, despite the fact that they could live normally. This stigma consisted a very serious problem not only for the patients themselves, but also for their families.Through the legislation of the Byzantine Emperor Justinian and also the Leo's VI the Wise (9th – 10th A.C.) legislation, mental illness was a main health cause of divorce and it concerned both males and females.During these years men were treated different than women, which had to wait five years in order to get a divorce. On the opposite men had to wait only three years to get a divorce for the cause of mentally retarded wife.
  • Idioma: Inglês

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