Theses and Dissertations

Issuing Body

Mississippi State University


Hardman, Alisha M.

Committee Member

Wheeler, Brandon.

Committee Member

Peterson, Donna.

Committee Member

Wilmoth, Joe.

Date of Degree


Original embargo terms

MSU Only Indefinitely

Document Type

Dissertation - Campus Access Only


Human Development and Family Science

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy


College of Agriculture and Life Sciences


School of Human Sciences


The phenomenon of divorce and marital maladjustment in Saudi society is the ultimate concern of this paper, with the goal of addressing this issue by conducting a study in order to understand married Saudi women’s experiences and perceptions that may be used to develop a premarital education program. This research conducted individual, semi-structured, in-depth interviews with 27 Saudi women who have been married for five years or less. The responses were discussed based on the prescriptive skills approach, the principles-based approach, and mindfulness-based approach. As evidenced in the responses of the participants, multiple relationship weaknesses are common to most of the marriages, with conflict management problems the most common weakness that Saudi women perceive in their marriages. However, a few key relationship strengths keep marital relationships intact. Based on participant feedback, premarital education programs for individuals and couples would be highly beneficial to the marital relationship health of couples in Saudi Arabia, and are a viable method for decreasing the divorce rate in Saudi Arabia.