Understanding the Marital Experiences and Perspectives of Saudi women
Hardman, Alisha M.
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Human Development and Family Science
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.
Afghani, Amani Abdul-Aziz, "Understanding the Marital Experiences and Perspectives of Saudi women" (2018). Theses and Dissertations MSU. 4840.