The British Journal of Psychiatry
Husbands and Wives Admitted to Mental Hospital
Ian Gregory


The nature and frequencyof mental disorders affectingboth husband and wife are relevant to the possibility of assortative mating with respect to certain of these disorders.

Eleven couples admitted to the Ontario Hospital, London, Canada, during the past few years, have been studied, and the results compared with those of a similar investigation by Penrose (1944).

It is concluded that a variety of factors may be responsible for the unexpectedly high frequency of admission of both marital partners to mental hospital. Observed similarities in diagnosis of spouses admitted at different times, however, suggest a true increase in the frequency of similar disorders in the spouses of certain patients, which may be at least partly attributable to assortative mating among those predisposed to these disorders.