The British Journal of Psychiatry
A Family and Marital Study of Hysteria
PHILIP I. WOERNER, SAMUEL B. GUZE

Abstract

A psychiatric study of first-degree relatives and of husbands of patients with hysteria revealed an increased prevalence of hysteria among female relatives and an increased prevalence of alcoholism or sociopathy among male relatives and husbands. These results attest to the validity of the diagnostic criteria used for hysteria, and suggest that hysteria, alcoholism and sociopathy may have at least some similar aetiologic and pathogenetic explanations. The frequency of alcoholism or sociopathy among the husbands of women with hysteria probably contributes to the characteristic marital and sexual discord experienced by patients with hysteria.