Stigma of Mental Illness as Cause of Divorce in Byzantium

International Journal of Caring Sciences. 2009;2(2):61-64


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Journal Title: International Journal of Caring Sciences

ISSN: 1791-5201 (Print); 1792-037X (Online)

Publisher: Professor Despina Sapountzi-Krepia

LCC Subject Category: Medicine: Nursing | Medicine: Public aspects of medicine

Country of publisher: Greece

Language of fulltext: English

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Athanassia Nestor

Lambrini Kourkouta

Petros Ouzounakis


Double blind peer review

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Time From Submission to Publication: 8 weeks


Abstract | Full Text

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.